I was interviewed last month by the panel of judges and I await to hear the outcome at an awards lunch on Friday 7th June at Coombe Abbey, Coventry.
Woman Who were inundated with entries for the Solopreneur category, a category often overlooked by awards as it is a company run singlehandedly by one person with an extended team of freelancers and suppliers providing support.
As a result, Woman Who have launched their new awards Woman Who Solopreneur and I was delighted to be invited as a judge for the awards in Oct 2019, alongside Dave Sharpe, Nishi Mehta and Karen Heap.
I know only too well how challenging it is to be a solopreneur juggling every aspect of a business on a daily basis. I need to switch from sales to marketing to finance, admin, operations, looking after horses, tending to a broken fence, managing suppliers on top of building client relationships, executive coaching, speaking, writing, running workshops and advising clients.
My business would not function without my yard manager, Fiona and her husband Paul who look after the horses and manage the yard and maintenance, my assistant Debbie, my event photographer John Cleary, associates who co-facilitate workshops with me, marketing and sales support, catering, printing, as well as a long list of suppliers, mentors and coaches. The list of people involved and the skills needed to provide the service to clients is extensive and I’m the solopreneur glue that holds it all together. It requires flexibility and focus.
I’m therefore delighted to be a judge at the Woman Who solopreneur awards in Oct and I look forward to reading the entries from the many and varied businesses who demonstrate inspirational leadership in their market and sectors without the benefit of a fully employed team.