CU Scarborough, the main sponsor

CU Scarborough, the main sponsor

The big event: Friday April 12 2019

The big event: Friday April 12 2019

Four Tigers Media

Four Tigers Media

The fantastic winners and finalists of the Star Women in Business Awards pictured by ponterthesnapper … the pioneering event at Scarborough Spa.


Fantastic Feedback on the Star Women in Business Awards

Thank you for all the amazing comments on the Star Women in Business Awards at Scarborough Spa which applauded a roll call of female entrepreneurs in a pioneering celebration.

Thanks to our main sponsor CU Scarborough, all 26 tables were named after famous women and with a dozen pupils from six of Scarborough’s secondary schools as part of the event’s aspiration themes.

The event comprised 258 guests - 80% women, and one finalist said: “Thank you for a fabulous day yesterday. I loved it from start to finish and it ran like clockwork. You did a great job in all your organisation.  The meal was delicious and some really inspirational people present. My guests enjoyed their day very much too.  Many thanks. Kind regards. Helen Jackson.”

The sponsors and supporters were CPH Property Services, Gi Group Recruitment, Asquith & Co Accountants, North Yorkshire Law, Wold Top Brewery and Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery, Digital Advantage, ActionCoach, Adverset, the Crown Spa Hotel, the Spa SIV, Crofts Artisan Chocolates, West Building Supplies, Bright & Sons Jewellers, Fitzpatrick Design, Scarborough Business Ambassadors, TopicUK, Blue Sky Media and Sabah’s Balloons.

Other feedback received:

“On behalf of Ebor Academy Filey, particularly Lilly and Paige, thank you for inviting them. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and tell me the food was amazing, the presentations were brilliant and they really enjoyed the company of the girls from the other schools”  Linda Hinchliffe.

"Thank you for the opportunity to be a finalist and to be at the event.  I thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was a fitting tribute to all the business women in the local area"

"It was a lovely day and I was completely shocked and overwhelmed to win as I was genuinely not expecting it. There were so many other amazing women there on the day and it was fantastic to share in their success as well"

"Thank you so much for your email and for giving us this opportunity. It was an amazing day and such an honour to be included with such incredible women.

“It’s opening up some very exciting opportunities for me and the business"

"Thank you for a fabulous day yesterday. I loved it from start to finish and it ran like clockwork . You did a great job in all your organisation. There were some really inspirational people present. My guests enjoyed their day very much too. Many thanks. Kind regards"

"Thank you for a great event, very inspiring and well organised"  

“Thank you for a great event, very inspiring and well organised. Food was lovely. Very pleased to be part of the occasion.” Best Wishes Shirley V.

"Good concept and worthy awards fixture. Certainly worth continuing. Positive feedback from many sources."

"My mum and I had such a great time. The format flowed and timing were perfect ... Thanks again for allowing me to be invoved" Jessica Slater Whitby Distillery

"Thank you for organising such a good event - it was great to see such a positive celebration of women in business ... the info videos about each finalist were lovely"

“We all very much enjoyed the event” Kay Fraser

A great day was had last Friday at the hashtag#starwomaninbusiness event held at Scarborough Spa. Here's a picture of our finalists and winners, courtesy of Four Tigers Media. (North Yorkshire Law)

Duncan Lewis: Congratulations, once again on a job well done!

Mandy Taylor: An outstanding event Ed, Huge Congratulations!

Angela Saunders: Great event. Enjoyed the day. Thank you
Carey Bilton: Great event, well done!  

Phil fletcher of CPH: Was a pleasure to sponsor the hashtag#awards and a great day, great guest speaker, lovely meal and all very well run. A great event for hashtag#scarborough and to promote businesses and hashtag#womeninbusiness on the East coast  

We had a fabulous time on Friday at the 'Women in business awards!' Absolutely amazing to be nominated and reach the top 5 in the 'stars of retail' award, we shall be popping our certificate on the wall 🥂 Congratulations to everyone who won an award especially the winner of our category '9 to 11 interiors' So fantastic to meet so many females who are flying the flag for strong, independent working women! (The Wedding Room)  

“My guests and I had a wonderful time and enjoyed it from start to finish … I felt it was a terrific day and the guest speakers were really inspirational, as where the speeches from the winners. The videos were great and it was nice to have a little background on everybody. I am truly honoured to have been part of it all and hope these awards continue to be a great success." Jacqui

“I’ve seen posts for the event and it looked amazing. So many great and successful women in one place.” Helen Crawford 

“Good concept and worthy awards fixture. Certainly worth continuing … positive feedback from many sources. The lady from Yorkshire Bank was very inspiring for women …”

“It was a great event … We were all delighted that Linda and Emma both won as Pascale had made a big effort to let our Digital Advantage alumni know about the awards and assist with their applications. I feel that even the non-winners really enjoyed the event and gained huge amounts by just getting to shortlisted stage. Certainly Theresa on our table seemed to have massively improved confidence levels and I think coming to the event had a really positive effect on so many of the women” Karen Leah

“That is a fantastic amount of money to help Willows Lull. I spoke to Jo after the award ceremony and she was so grateful” Chris West

“Had a fab day. So glad it all went well. Jo from Willow's Lull was thrilled with the balloons when we dropped them off“ Jane Harper

Jo Parrott: “On behalf of myself the team, parents and children at Willows Lull, we would like to say a very big thank you for all your support at the Women in Business awards which took place last Friday. The event has raised our profile which is very important to us and we can reach out to more families. We have raised £1,968.00 which is fantastic and will help towards our sensory garden and purchases of sensory toys for the children. Once again thank you for your support.”

“What a great event and so well organised” Gill Laidler

The event was a digital marketing triumph, with updated information and imagery and highlights on all the talking point aspects, gaining in total 50,000 impressions.

Willows Lull children's charity, Scarborough, was the charity beneficiary. It offers overnight and day respite for children with life-limiting, disabilities and complex needs, has qualified nursing and support staff to assist in the caring of children from birth to 18 years, and helps many families … and wants to help more. Scarborough's landmark jewellers Bright & Sons, which date back to 1857, donated a 9ct yellow and rose gold Fairy Locket in partnership with Clogau, the rare Welsh gold designers, and West Building Supplies were the official charity sponsors. WINNERS:

1 New Star Winner Linda Jameson (Lindy Lou Creations)

2 Brightest Star Winner Kelly Dunn (KD Recruitment)

3 Stellar Apprentice Winner Holly Ford (Yorkshire in Business)

4 Stellar Apprentice Winner Samantha Magowan (Dale Power Solutions)

5 The Shooting Star Winner Eliza McMillan (Hunmanby Pantry)

6 The Art Star Winner Emma Stothard

7 Star of Digital Winner Lisa Borrie (So ... Visualise)

8 Star of Retail Winner Sarah Clark (Interiors at Nine to Eleven)

9 Hospitality Star Winner Julia Warters (Humble Bee Farm)

10 Inspirational Supernova Suzanne Burnett (Castle Employment)

The women who can say ‘I was a finalist at the biggest gathering of female achievers in the area’ …

New Star

Kelly Dunn (KD Recruitment)  

Helen Crawford (Mortgage Protection)
Marie Woods (Heritage Adventures)

Karen Ellis & Eleanor Lawlor (Lovefit Dance)

Brightest Micro Star
Nicole Vogwill (Nicole Jane Photography) 
Lynn Moore (Food for Thought)
Jacqueline Swift (Swift HR & Legal)
Angela Saunders (Crow Recruitment)
Theresa Hargreaves (Temple Spa consultant)
Marianne Long (Handy Mag)
Becky Palmer (Happy Sleepy Baby)
Helen Jackson (Rosebud Flowers)
Karen Ellis & Eleanor Lawlor (Lovefit Dance)
Faith Young (Copywriter)
Sarah Readman (Nabs Nosh)

Stellar Apprentice  
Chloe Nelson (Moneyweb)
Ellie Gavin (Oliver's on the Mount Cafe Bar)
Emma Kirby (Londesborough Arms)
Rebecca Crosier (Pinkney Grunwells solicitors)
Jade Sutton (Castle Employment Group)
Adele Robinson (Ayton Surgery)
Natalie Large (TEC College)

Flynn Middlemas (Wasley Chapman accountants)

Stellar Apprentice 
Magdelena Barbara Szygalik (JM Engineering Ltd)
Micha Hannaby (Unison Ltd)

Emma Grundy (Food production - Deans Garden Centre cafe)

The Shooting Star
Jessica Slater (Whitby Distillery)
Zoe Taylor (Zoe Taylor financial adviser)

Eliza McMillan (Hunmanby Pantry)

The Art Star
Helen Birmingham (Mixed Media Artist)
Nicole Vogwill (Nicole Jane Photography)
Shirley Vauvelle (Mixed Media Artist)  
Linda Jameson (Linda Lou Creations)

Star of Digital
Theresa Hargreaves (Temple Spa consultant)
Marie Woods (Heritage Adventures)
Emma Khan (Riviera Guesthouse) 

Star of Retail
Kate Ward (Louise the Florist)
Amelia Forrest (Amelia's Chocolate)
Cathryn Baker (The Wedding Room)
Gill Armstrong (Jinny Pinders, Market Hall). 
Jo-Ann McMillan (Hunmanby Pantry)

Andrea Willis (Andrea Willis Designs)

Hospitality Star
Kathleen Howard (The Dickens Bar and Inn)
Rebecca Cross (Clark's Restaurant)
Emma Khan (Riviera Guesthouse)
Naomi Blades (The Angel Inn)

Inspirational Supernova
Lisa Borrie (So ... Visualise)
Susan Richings (SWC trade frames)
Sarah Clark (Interiors at Nine to Eleven)

Jo-Ann McMillan (Hunmanby Pantry)  
Natalie Foster (North Yorkshire Law)
Jenn Crowther (Yorkshire in Business)
Marianne Long (Handy Mag)

The principal judge was Debbie Mullen, head of corporate banking for Yorkshire Barclays.

What our sponsors said …

Kay Fraser, Head of Academic Studies and Acting Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CU Scarborough, said: "We are thrilled to be the principal sponsors of the Star Women in Business Awards which will highlight the women in this area who deserve recognition for their achievements. CU Scarborough is working hard to build and contribute to the fantastic local talent we have along the Yorkshire Coast. Our students will be inspired by the winners and aspire to be future leaders who are highlighted by this brand new award.”

Mark Asquith, head of Scarborough accountants Asquith & Co, said: "We are very pleased to be part of these fresh awards which are a great and dynamic addition for the business community. Our company strongly supports the concept of women in business and it will be a perfect platform for recognising achievements and for celebrating a lot of successes. We look forward to seeing the nominees, and the addition of Jenny Eclair as the guest speaker is an extra bonus. It will be a wonderful, exciting, different event with which we are delighted to have our name linked."

Joe Walker and Phil Fletcher, directors of Scarborough estate agents CPH, said: "We are delighted to be linked with such a significant new event, which will be a great showcase for recognising the efforts and outstanding achievements of women in the local area."
They added that CPH, which is the No.1 selling estate agent in the area according to Rightmove, is looking forward to attending the biggest gathering of successful business women to be held in the area. "We and our highly successful team are proud to partner with such a positive occasion."

The Group Gi, which has 30 locations in the UK including at Northway, Scarborough, provides temporary, permanent and professional staffing opportunities, training and HR consultancy. Sarah Brown, branch manager for Gi Group Scarborough, said: "Gi Group is delighted to be supporting the Star Women in Business Award 2019. Recognising the efforts and achievement of women in the workplace is something we are extremely passionate about as an organisation. As a recruitment agency, we continually look for ways to support women, whether it’s back into work after maternity leave or helping them change jobs to ones that provide greater flexibility. This extends to working with our clients to look for ways they can adapt their working practices - such as offering greater flexibility around shifts. This is a fantastic event. It will create role models who will go on to inspire other women including youngest generations about to enter the workplace.”

Artisan chocolatier Alex Grant of Crofts Chocolates, said: "We absolutely love being a sponsor of this great event."
He added: "We've had an exciting journey during our first five years here at Crofts Chocolates, combining our various skills, knowledge and expertise, along with fabulous support from our customers. Our delicious chocolates are made on site in an open-plan kitchen by our chocolatier."

David Chambers, manager of the Crown Spa Hotel, Scarborough, said: “Thank you so much. We are thrilled to be sponsors.  If there is anything more we can help with at all, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.”

Natalie Foster, Head of Commercial at North Yorkshire Law, said: "We are very pleased to be part of such an important occasion. As a dynamic legal practice and as supporters of the community, we support the themes of aspiration and look forward to applauding and celebrating the efforts and achievements of all the nominees."

Wold Top Brewery and Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery, led by Tom and Gill Mellor, have been welcomed to the roll call of sponsors. Kate Balchin, Accounts & Export Manager, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Star Women in Business Awards that celebrate the many and varied achievements of women in our area. We have lots of high-calibre female employees at Wold Top Brewery and Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery, so it’s fitting that we’re associated the awards and look forward to attending the awards luncheon."

Bright & Son, Scarborough’s long-established prestige jewellers, are also supporting the event and the Willows Lull children’s charity. The charity is the official Star Women in Business awards beneficiary. Brights are donating in partnership with Clogau a Clogau 9ct Yellow and Rose Gold 'Fairy' Locket.

The charity sponsor is West Building Supplies, the new builders’ merchants in Scarborough.

The independent judge is Debbie Mullen. Debbie, Head of Corporate Banking across Yorkshire for Barclays. She is responsible for a team of relationship directors and managers across a range of industry sectors from throughout Yorkshire. She has 30 years' banking experience gained across roles in risk management, relationship management and, more recently, acquisition finance where she headed up the Debt Finance team across the North. In addition to her main role in corporate banking, Debbie is head of Northern Manufacturing, where she is responsible for leading and developing the manufacturing strategy for the North. She is committed to initiatives that help inspire women across business and launched the Barclays Women in Business Awards.

The event:

New showcase to celebrate successes of women in business: CU Scarborough revealed as the main partner for sparkling new awards

It will be the biggest single gathering of inspiring female achievers in the Scarborough business community.

The new Star Women in Business Awards is a refreshing, dynamic event that will applaud and celebrate the range of achievements, efforts and creativity of women in the area.   

The principal partner is CU Scarborough, part of the Coventry University Group and offers a unique, flexible style of university education. Their range of career focused, academic qualifications are designed to supply the local demand for graduates in key industry sectors such as nursing, policing, teaching and cyber security. 

Kay Fraser, Head of Academic Studies and Acting Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor, said: "We are thrilled to be the principal sponsors of the Star Women in Business Awards which will highlight the women in this area who deserve recognition for their achievements. CU Scarborough is working hard to build and contribute to the fantastic local talent we have along the Yorkshire Coast. Our students will be inspired by the winners and aspire to be future leaders who are highlighted by this brand new award.”

The awards were open to women throughout Scarborough, Filey, Whitby and surrounding district. 

Save the date! It's the afternoon of Friday April 12 2019 at Scarborough Spa.

Scarborough-based event organisers Four Tigers Media said: "We are very pleased to have CU Scarborough as the leading partner for this great new showcase. They will help to enhance these new, significant and very important awards and we are delighted that they will join with us in creating our fantastic opening event in April.

"We will be presenting awards to the great women across a variety of businesses and organisations. It will be the event of the year and devoted to cheering the successes of women who run their own business or who make exceptional contributions to a business or organisation.

The event is also geared to an ASPIRATION AGENDA … with the first-ever gathering of teenage representatives of all seven Scarborough secondary schools sitting together will take place at the Star Women in Business Awards. The aspirational dimension of the event was initiated by Kay Fraser, Acting Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor of CU Scarborough, the main sponsor. Two pupils from each school are being given complimentary places at the awards luncheon on April 12 at the Spa: Scalby, Pindar, Graham, Ebor Academy Filey, St Augustine's, the UTC and Scarborough College.
Kay said: "It will be a great opportunity for the young students to meet each other at the awards event and to see for themselves the inspiring, wide-ranging and exceptional successes of the business community. CU Scarborough firmly believes in the aspiration ethos. The event has received wide support and we are glad, as the main sponsors, that the up-and-coming generation will be part of it. We look forward to welcoming them all."

Supporters … including Bright & Sons jewellers who are providing in partnership with Clogau an item in aid of the charity Willows Lull

Tom and Gill Mellor, creators of Wold Top and Spirit of Yorkshire, sponsors. Plus West Building Supplies, the charity sponsor, and the locket for the draw.

Sabah of Sabah’s Balloons, the super bespoke trophies and the packed Ocean Room with guests and nominees

Some of the finalists … Kelly Dunn, Linda Jameson (Lindy Lou), Cathryn and Hannah Baker, Helen Crawford, Naomi Blades, Sarah Clark …

Some of the finalists … Emma Stothard, Jo-Ann and Eliza McMillan, Helen Jackson, Julia Warters, Samantha Macgowan, Natalie Large

Winners Linda Jameson, Kelly Dunn, Holly Ford with sponsors Sarah Brown (Gi Recruitment), Ros Jones (Action Coach), Richard Boyd (North Yorkshire Law)

Finalists included Jessica Slater, Nicole Vogwill, Chloe Nelson, Katie Gibson, Lisa Borrie, Kate Ward.

CPH fizz with Winner labels and the Star Women in Business logo, the personalised unique trophies, and Croft’s tiger-striped chocolates

Host Carolyn Hodgson, with apprentice star Samantha Magowan with sponsors Wold Top and Spirit of Yorkshire, Eliza McMillan with Kay Fraser of CUS, Emma Stothard with sponsor John Easby of Adverset.

Lisa Borrie with Karen Leah of Digital Advantage, Sarah Clark with Phil Fletcher and Joe Walker of CPH, Julia Warters with Jen Springham of Asquith & Co, and Suzanne Burnett, with Carol Asquith, of the event organisers

To be part of the great new Scarborough section with business, cultural and education news in the 100-page TopicUK magazine, email It’s a great showcase for the area - contact us if you would like to consider a profile in the next issue. The magazine has a 15,000 Yorkshire-wide distribution at key locations and directly to leading businesses and organisations.