WOW 2016 Winners
Secret Cloud House Holidays
The business was hatched by Catherine, a Staffordshire farmer’s daughter whose ambition was to start an environmentally friendly holiday business where she could infuse her passion for local community, delicious local food and create somewhere special to stay. The business welcomed its first customers in 2011 and Catherine has since been a Finalist in Derbyshire Young Business Person of the Year and won a Peak District Environmental Quality Award for her commitment to the environment.
Strong social media presence, 5k twitter followers, owner is clearly very passionate about her business and the environment.
Secret Cloud House Holidays became #WOW winners on 03/02/2016
The Cutlery Commission
The Cutlery Commission is a multi-award winning British giftware brand set up by Katie Dobson, selling bespoke, personalised cutlery and silverware. From a small workshop in Gloucestershire, all of the cutlery is hand-stamped by a cheery gaggle of Mums known as ‘The Spoonettes’, who use industrial tools to indent each letter into the silver plate.
After winning ‘Gift of the Year 2013’ and being launched in John Lewis and Liberty London, this little cottage industry has gone from strength to strength and has been featured in numerous publications including The Guardian, Country Homes & Interiors and BBC Good Food.
With a rapidly growing customer database and international presence, The Cutlery Commission prides itself on being ‘the home of personalised cutlery’.
The Cutlery Commission became #WOW winners on 11/05/2016
Their mission is simple. To create a one-stop shop offering a comprehensive assortment of carefully curated, high quality garments that are comfortable, beautiful and work-appropriate. Their goal is to empower women to climb the career ladder with confidence from the first interview to the C-suite while looking sharp, chic and feminine with minimal time and effort.
Founded by a team of female bankers, consultants and entrepreneurs, Silkarmour was created to solve the problems that women face getting dressed for work every day. Having spent entire weekends trying to find suits not made of polyester, they understood the difficulty of looking polished and elegant in what are often male dominated, ‘suit and tie uniform’ offices. So thy set out on a mission to find the designers, boutiques and tailors that deliver office appropriate clothing crafted in luxurious fabrics, straight to your door.
Silkarmour became #WOW winners on 14/09/2016
WOW 2015 Winners
The One Romance is a team of luxury romance and proposal planners, set up by female entrepreneurs Tiffany Norris and Amanda Brown back in 2014. The business is renowned for producing highly creative and unique marriage proposals, wedding anniversaries and romantic dates, and delivering service excellence from start to finish all over the world.
Since its launch, The One Romance has fast become the premier romance planning agency for highly discerning clients and celebrity clientèle, with Amanda and Tiffany establishing themselves as the nation’s go-to ‘romance experts.’
The One Romance became #WOW winners on 07/01/2015
In a world dominated by ordinary processed and sugar laden food and drink, Rose Aldean and Sophie Lund wanted to make a change. After taking one of the most advanced food technology processes available today and perfecting the process, they were able to launch Mello Drinks in 2014.
Mello captures the raw and natural goodness of melon in a bottle with absolutely no additives or preservatives. Mello Drinks is successfully listed in major UK retailers, including John Lewis and Waitrose, and is looking to be one of the fastest growing food & drink companies in the UK today.
Mello Drinks became #WOW winners on 14/01/2015
Exercise in the City
Motivating yourself to go to the gym after a tiring day at the office is never easy. So in 2011 fitness fanatic and entrepreneur Julia Scodie decided to launch Exercise in the City, a team of friendly fitness instructors who bring pilates and all your favourite exercise classes direct to your office door in London.
Classes can be held during a lunch break, before or after work – all you need is a free room or space in your workplace and some willing colleagues. For employees, it’s a low-cost, easy and effective way to fit exercise into your working day. And for employers, it will increase productivity and of improve the health and wellbeing of your staff.
Exercise in the City became #WOW winners on 08/07/2015
WOW 2014 Winners
Crushed was developed by mumpreneurs, Deborah & Jenny, after they noticed a lack of healthy snack alternatives available for older children on the British food market.
Following an extensive amount of research into nutritious snack alternatives, they launched Crushed; 100% fruit pouches that are designed to make life easier, healthier and happier for kids aged 7-11+. These fun little pouches are low in calories, have no added sugar, dairy, nuts or trace of fat, and are perfect for popping in lunch boxes or grabbing on the go.
Crushed were #WOW winners on 08/05/2014
Twitter – @CrushedUK
BKD was set up in 2014 by self-taught baker, Adelle, who was inspired to help kids have fun in the kitchen after becoming a mum. What began as playful baking at home with her kids and their friends soon became a local phenomenon, after Adelle began receiving requests from local admirers asking her to host private birthday parties and make bespoke biscuits for their children.
Now a full-time business, BKD organise fun and experimental baking classes and events for children living in London. The business also sells hand-mixed baking kits online, so that children living outside of London can join the BKD fun.
BKD were #WOW winners on 09/11/2014
Twitter – @bkd_london
Back In Business
During her own maternity leave, Aimee noticed there was little support available for women at this confusing and challenging stage of motherhood. It was because of this that she launched Back in Business.
Qualified and highly experienced in employment law and human resources, the Back in Business team are always on hand to provide mums with expert advice and guidance on their career development.
Back in Business were #WOW winners on 09/11/2014
Twitter – @bib_uk
WOW 2013 Winners
Having lived in France and experienced the splendour of living amongst the vines of the Burgundy region, wines were always a topic of interest for Glass of Bubbly Managing Director, Eve. In addition to this, Eve was a social media expert in building target audiences online and decided to set up an information rich Sparkling Wine and Champagne website that embraces the best international wine bloggers.
Glass of Bubbly were #WOW winners on 02/10/2013
Twitter – @GlassOfBubbly
The website significantly boosts peoples chances of being reunited with lost items or pets as quickly as possible. The website works by using its online community toincrease coverageand awareness of each person’s appeal, reaching out to their large community of followerswho actively engage and share content.
Lostbox UK were #WOW winners on 04/12/2013
Twitter – @lostboxuk
Clair Trebes owns and manages a PR and Social Media Agency that specialises in managing international DJs in the house/techno music industry.
Clair and her friend started the agency as they both shared a passion for house music, and decided to combine their skills and enthusiasm with a focus to help clients really understand how to maximise their online presence.
Clients include, international DJ, Cadenza and Guti. These are just a few of the big names that they manage between them – with many more profiled on their website.
Cross The Line were #WOW winners on 21/08/2013
Twitter – @CrossTheLineLDN
WOW 2012 Winners
Zoe Alexander UK
Zoe Alexander was founded by Adriana Walkington and her husband Steve. When pregnant with their first child, both Adriana and Steve wanted to start new careers that would allow them to spend as much time with their baby and each other as possible and with Adriana harbouring a long-time dream to be a fashion designer, the idea for Zoe Alexander maternity clothing was born.
The brand sells a large range of designer maternity wear through its website, with all items being manufactured in the UK and of the highest design and quality. The brand has also recently launched a unique made to measure service which allows women to find that truly perfect fit. The brand has seen on-going success since launching and is continually designing and developing new styles for its customers.
Zoe Alexander were #WOW winners on 15th December 2012
Twitter – @ZoeAlexanderUK
Scruffy Little Cat
Scruffy Little Cat was founded in 2007 by Sharon Sumpton and is a family run boutique offering a mix of gift and home accessories. Sharon prides herself on providing considered, thoughtful and gorgeous gifts that are the perfect treat for yourself or gift for a loved one.
With personalised items being a key part of the online boutiques offering, the site offers many beautiful items that can be personalised, including lovingly handmade original cards that can be personalised to suit any occasion. In addition, the product the site is most well-known for is the original “Scruffy Little Cat Bag” which has been seen on the arm of many people, celebrities included! The brand continues to go from strength to strength offering a personalisation service for many of its products and an ever changing variety of products for customers.
Scruffy Little Cat were #WOW winners on 3rd October 2012
Twitter – @ScruffyLilCat
Juniors Pantry was founded by Kate Finch in 2011 after Kate made the decision follow a love of cooking she had harboured for many years. After spotting that there were no products on the market that solved the dilemma of giving your children quick, tasty and nutritious meals Kate went about developing a range of ready meals that would provide just this.
Using friends and family as recipe testers, Kate spent time developing a range of meals that would be targeted at primary school aged children and contain less salt, sugar and additives than the adult ready meals on the market. The testing phase was a success and the one pot meals were quickly snapped up by national grocery chain Waitrose who now stock the products across a selection of stores. The business continues to go from strength to strength with Kate continually developing new product lines and working to secure further grocery stockists across the UK.
Juniors Pantry were #WOW winners on 27th September 2012
Twitter – @juniorspantry
WOW 2011 Winners
U design studio
U design studio was founded by Donna Naseby in August 2011 and offers a unique service which allows children to design their own clothes which are then made. The business is currently run through the U design studio website, with founder Donna having big plans to make the site even more interactive, creating a complete virtual world where children can have fun online with parents assured that the website is safe and fun.
Donna’s dream is to see U design workshops on the high street in the next few years.
U design studio were #WOW winners on 31st August.
Launched by Genevieve Yusuf in 2011 from her home study, Jajaja books are a range of children’s books that have been created to help increase language skills. With no formal business training or experience, Genevieve very much saw a gap in the market and made her idea a reality through continued hard work. She self published her first book and also handles her own marketing and publicity.
Genevieve also tours schools to give readings for children aged 8 and under, encouraging them to become familiar with new languages.Genevieve is keen to grow Jajaja books and plans to expand her range into a variety of different languages.
Jajaja Books were #WOW winners on 21st September.
WedgeWelly was founded in 2007 by Sarah Longthorn, Mike Longthorn and Laura Booth after a conversation between Sarah and Laura about how to look glamorous at festivals. The trio came up with the idea for WedgeWelly and haven’t looked back since!Using each of their own skill sets, Sarah is chairwoman with Laura responsible for designing the prints and designs for the product and Mike looking after the finances.
Following a successful appearance on Dragons Den the WedgeWelly team won investment from Dragon Theo Paphitis and the business has continued to go from strength to strength. The product is stocked in many independent retailers and can be bought online through the WedgeWelly website and Tesco online.
WedgeWelly were #WOW winners on 2nd November.