Girl Power at Startup Business Awards

Girl Power at Startup Business Awards

Girl Power at Startup Business Awards

22nd July 2011

The winners of the innovative uStartup Awards were revealed at the grand final last night (July 21st) at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

The uStartup Awards celebrate the success of new entrepreneurs and enterprises in the North East that have been trading less than 12 months. An audience of business professionals turned out at the black tie event to see the winners announced and awarded.

The awards organiser, Richard Laverick, believes the winners are great ambassadors of the new breed of entrepreneurs in the region: “When I had the concept to establish a business awards exclusively for companies in their first 12-months of trading, I had high expectation I would encounter some very passionate and determined startups. As the application and judging stage progressed it became apparent the caliber of the entries coupled with the growth potential of each winner was staggering.”

“Everyone who takes those early steps to establish their own enterprise should be very proud of themselves. Those who’ve made it to the final and indeed the people chosen from the pitch event as winners in their categories are in my view the ones to watch.”

Winner of the business award, Mrs Callcutt established Sunday Best Vintage with her daughter, Kathryn Shepherd, when they were both put at risk of redundancy whilst working as lecturers in further education.

The pair had extensive experience in the hospitality industry and yearned for a more creative career. After receiving a number of compliments for their vintage functions from friends and family they decided to establish the business.

Sunday Best Vintage provides a vintage China hire, catering and hospitality service for clients looking to plan a bespoke and personalised event for their guests.

Three candidates from each category were shortlisted by judges from their applications. The candidates then gave a pitch about their businesses to the judges at a special event in late June at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

The judges included key business and enterprise professionals from the region, including Donna Bulmer of Haines Watts, Myles Handley of Sunderland City Council, David Pattinson of MD Squared Solutions, Richard Laverick of uBrands, and Karen Wood of North East Social Enterprise Partnership (NESEP).

The awards have received widespread endorsements from local authorities and organisations, including Sunderland City Council, which are title sponsors. The Bdaily business network NE and Spark FM, are joint media partners, and category sponsors include Kashflow, NESEP and Haines Watts Accountants.

The four category winners received £500 of business products and services plus a hand crafted award.

Quotes from winners

Susan Callcutt, Sunday Best Vintage, said: “It is a real honour to win the business award; it is recognition for our achievement and also the unique service we provide at Sunday Best Vintage. As a small business we feel we demonstrate a lot of passion for what we are selling, we have drive and determination that we can exceed our customers’ expectations and deliver a quality service where they will want to tell others and come back for more.”

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