The Best Business Women Awards Sponsors

Clydesdale Bank logo Headline Sponsor 2017: Clydesdale Bank

For over 175 years we’ve stayed close to home, supporting the communities we’re part of and never forgetting what people really need from a bank. Being closer to our customers is at the heart of everything we do, because to care about here means always understanding how to better serve the people who live here.

We’re a bank that’s big enough to provide competitive products, but small enough to offer a more personal touch.

Private Banking

Clydesdale Private is a private banking service that puts you first. The service comes with the personal attention of a relationship manager: a skilled individual that is dedicated to help meet your banking needs and financial requirements. It is a relationship that values you as a customer and gives you access to a world of banking services.

When it comes to managing your finances, you deserve a service that appreciates the finer details of your circumstances. Because they work with a wider team of specialists, your relationship manager can also connect you to services that will help you to meet your financial goals.

Business Banking

It’s business banking as it should be. A smart, efficient service that’s delivered through our innovative Business & Private Banking Centres. You benefit from in-depth expertise and fast decision-making from your own local, dedicated Relationship Manager – a professional who takes the time to get to know your business and can meet with you at a time and place that suits you.

  • Genuine, uncomplicated, one-to-one banking with your Relationship Manager
  • Competitive, flexible solutions designed around you
  • Fast decisions
  • Free use of our UK-wide conference and meeting facilities (subject to availability)
  • Networking opportunities to build your business

At our centers across the UK you can gain direct access to a whole team of local banking specialists.

You can trust us to deliver the solutions you need – from Asset Finance and Treasury Solutions to International Trade Finance and Invoice Finance – All designed to meet your business goals.

Our Private Banking service is £25 per month, other fees and terms and conditions may apply. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

Business Banking fees depend on the product you choose. To find out more about our fees and charges. Click here

Our other sponsors

Holiday Inn London Elstree

A smart outer London hotel near Elstree Studios, with free Wi-Fi and parking, plus a leisure club and pool.

Holiday Inn® London-Elstree M25, Jct.23 hotel is on the A1, just off Junction 23 of the M25 and a short drive from the M1. It’s a five-minute taxi ride to Elstree & Borehamwood station, from where trains take you to London St. Pancras in less than 25 minutes, and three miles to the Northern Line at High Barnet Tube station. Guests enjoy ample free parking.

If you’re here to watch a show being filmed, Elstree Studios are just over a mile from the hotel. Golfers can tee off at The Shire London, a Seve Ballesteros-designed course eight minutes away by car. Or it’s a 15-minute drive to pick up a new outfit at Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

Choose from seven well-equipped meeting rooms for your social event or conference. The largest holds 400 guests, all come with free Wi-Fi, and you’re welcome to bring your own caterer. Business guests are within easy reach of business parks such as Centennial Park and Hamilton Business Park.

Enjoy a tasty meal at O’Sullivan’s Restaurant, then sink into a comfy leather sofa in the modern bar with a refreshing drink or Starbucks coffee. Work out at the leisure club and savour a rejuvenating soak in the pool and jacuzzi. Kids stay and eat free.

For more information click here for the website.


We like to think that the investment we make in staff training and their commitment is one of the reasons that 95% of our customers would not only recommend us, but also use us again. So we’d love the opportunity to supply your new van or car.

As an award winning business ourselves we understand the importance of winning business awards.  We have won sector awards to national awards and our customers know they will be dealing with a business that has had scrutiny at the highest level in industry. In 2015 Vanarama won the highly prestigious Lloyds National Business Award for Best Small to Medium Sized Business 2015, an accolade that recognised our commitment to training, customer service and innovation.

We’re delighted to have been recognised by The Sunday Times as one of the Best Small Companies To Work For in the UK for the last two years. Not only was Vanarama ranked the 18th best company in the 2017 awards but Andy Alderson, founder and CEO was given the highly prestigious Best Leader award in the category.

We are looking forward to being part of these awards, celebrating women in business from across the UK

To find out more about Vanarama click here.

The Aubrey Park Hotel

Classic surroundings, contemporary style Aubrey Park Hotel set in 9 acres of rolling English countryside sets the scene for a stay that’s well and truly relaxing whether you’re on business or just taking a break; and whilst our heritage stretches back to 1287, we’ve been brought bang up to date with fresh, contemporary interiors including our light, airy Brasserie serving great seasonal food and all-time favourites too.

What’s more as an independent hotel we’re able to be completely flexible, so whatever your hotel needs in and around St Albans and Hemel Hempstead may be, we’re at your service! Come and try us out.

Visit the website – Aubrey Park Hotel.

Neil Ben – The Easy-Pro Video Director

Neil is a multi-award winning Director, Coach and Trainer who works with Entrepreneurs, SMEs and Sole Traders, helping them to create client-captivating videos.

His unique approach to both video production and business marketing has earned him a BAFTA nomination, a Royal Television Society Award, a Japan Education Television Award and an FSB Award for the Innovative way he has used his broadcast skills to help businesses use video.

So whether you need a low-budget way to create professional-looking, engaging video content for your website… or maybe you’re ready to take on the world with your own celebrity-style Chat Show format to catapult you onto the A-List in your field, Neil’s the man to help you:

  • Look great on camera with a minimum of fuss – even if you’ve been ‘camera-shy’ in the past
  • Appear confident, relaxed and professional (using your own natural, authentic style)
  • Make professional quality videos that attract high-paying clients and position you as the go-to expert in your field

Sapphire Final RGBTo find out more about the Easy-Pro Video and Business Superstar progammes visit:


Sapphire is more than business networking, we provide a supportive learning environment to enable businesses to make new connections, develop and grow.

Our networking sessions include inspirational guest speakers, bespoke bitesize training and a connection to the most innovative business women around Hertfordshire.

To see how Sapphire can help your business grow and provide you with real business support join the community on Facebook here.

Pink Print Services

Pink Print Services supplies a wide range of printed materials to businesses that helps them get their marketing message across to their key customers and prospects. Typically our products are used to promote events, provide materials for use at exhibitions and for promoting products and special offers.

Our approach is to listen carefully to our customers, understand the message they are trying to get across and the target markets they are looking to serve, by taking care in the design set up, the choice of materials used and by delivering on time, every time.

Pink Print Services have helped a wide range of customers get the maximum return on their marketing spend. This has helped us to build loyalty with our customers by giving them a guarantee of quality products matched with excellent advice and customer service.

The director of Pink Print Services, Rik Parting has run his own small business successfully since 2001 and has over 25 years of experience in the industry. Rik is passionate about delivering quality and excellent customer service resulting in his customers getting excellent value for money, time after time.

Rik & Pink Print Services are proud to support the Best Business Women Awards 2016 and wish all the entrants  the best of luck and future success.

More information on our website here.

Crane and Staples

Crane & Staples are a firm of solicitors, members of the Law Society of England & Wales and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. We are specialists in our fields. Our solicitors and Legal Executives are highly qualified, well trained and many hold additional specialist qualifications.

We are entirely independent and put our advice to our clients first. Unlike many organisations we do not pay referral fees. Clients come to us because they have been our clients for many years and know that they receive a good service or because they are recommended to us by other satisfied clients. Over 90% of our work comes to us in this way.

The Law Society has a quality accreditation called Lexcel. In order to achieve Lexcel any firm of solicitors must comply with a rigorous scheme that includes everything from a Business Plan to a proper system for managing files and the training and development of staff. It is not easy to achieve. We have had our Lexcel accreditation since 2003. Less than 15% of all firms in England and Wales have a Lexcel accreditation and few have retained it as long as us.

For more information visit our website here

Cleveland Scott York

Cleveland Scott York is a firm of patent and trade mark attorneys which has been operating in the Eastern Region since 1977. The firm also has an office in London. It is a world-class and truly International business with approximately half its turnover contributed by non-UK business.

All businesses harbour Intellectual Property. IP is a highly valuable asset which is intangible and very frequently remains unidentified. Our business is to identify, protect and manage this vital and very significant element of a company’s assets.

Cleveland Scott York’s client-base includes educational establishments and SMEs through to multinationals and covers the whole of the UK and many regions around the world. With over 500 active clients, in most areas of commercial activity and operating in over 20 countries, we have diverse client range.

The attorneys at Cleveland Scott York often have practical, commercial experience outside the field of Intellectual Property. We match attorneys to clients based upon the client’s innovation and the attorney’s base of experience so the attorney is ideally placed to give the best service to the client at the right price.

Cleveland Scott York.

SCA Group

SCA takes the pain out of IT problems so you can get on with running your business and delivering the best possible services to your customers.
We deliver the best technology available to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, SMEs and big companies, with expertise in cloud computing, business continuity, email, backup, network security and IT support all part of the service.
So if you’re a solopreneur struggling to manage and sync your emails seamlessly across devices. Or you’re a small business owner finding your efforts slowed down or thwarted entirely by the whims of old PCs that are no longer fit for purpose. Or you’re part of a big company that needs to advance the way it uses technology and the cloud to enable collaboration and share information more easily – then SCA can help.
We work closely with companies working across the creative, financial, legal, professional and service sector industries and have been delivering the highest calibre of expertise to our partners in London and the South East since 1989.
So get in touch with SCA today if you want to stop getting annoyed by your IT and you’re ready to start getting excited about the potential it could have for your business.


Wagada is an award winning digital marketing agency based in St Albans, Hertfordshire. The business was set up back in 2011 and is owned and managed by Cheryl Luzet, supported by a team of 9 permanent employees and 15 freelance marketers, all of whom are marketing experts with their own area of specialism.

We provide creative digital marketing services to clients across the South East of England, covering SEO, Google AdWords, conversion rate optimisation, content marketing, website copywriting, user experience / usability, social media, video marketing, online PR and email marketing. We are a Google Partner Agency and fully Google certified.  We can also support on traditional marketing requirements such as marketing strategy and planning, direct mail, PR and advertising.

We offer effective marketing solutions to improve your online offering. At Wagada, we specialise in getting your site noticed for all the right reasons:

  • Our creative SEO campaigns grab the search engines’ attention.
  • Our web copy is screen-friendly, persuasive and informative.
  • We offer bespoke website usability solutions that improve your conversion rates and make your customers and prospective customers love you.
  • Creative and informed Google AdWords campaigns.

Our clients span a broad range of sectors covering B2B and B2C, including laser eye surgery, telecommunications, video production, fulfilment, business training, print solutions, web development, and not-for-profit.

For more information visit our website.

VWV_CMYKVeale Wasbrough Vizards (VWV)

Veale Wasbrough Vizards (VWV) is a full service, award winning commercial law firm with leading sector specialists. Our combination of expertise, genuine teamwork and client commitment sets us apart, and that is why we are confident that we can deliver the best and most effective legal solutions to help you succeed.

VWV has over 380 staff based at offices in four locations – London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham – which means that we can deliver your legal needs, wherever you are.

Our sector focused approach enables us to provide a wide spectrum of legal services to a variety of sectors, including aerospace & defence, charities, education, energies & utilities, family businesses, healthcare, pharmaceuticals & life sciences, private wealth, public, recruitment, startups and technology.

As part of our commitment to staff and clients, we are proud of our core values – ‘teamwork and collaboration’, ‘client at the centre of the firm’ and ‘commercial approach’. These core values are the backbone of the firm and underpin everything we do.

Client commitment and service delivery is something that we are passionate about. As a result, 99% of clients agree that we provide high quality legal advice.

Veale Wasborough Vizards.

University of Hertfordshire

black_logo 1The University of Hertfordshire is one of the UK’s leading business-facing universities and an exemplar in the sector. It is innovative and enterprising and challenges individuals and organisations to excel. Today, the University is one of the region’s largest employers with over 2,700 staff and a turnover of more than £238 million. With a student community of over 25,300 including more than 2,800 international students from 100 different countries, the University has a global network of over 210,000 alumni.

We have a long history as a pivotal central resource for small businesses in this region. Today, UH still leads a pioneering centre of expertise for small businesses and offers an array of services including our Hertfordshire Business Academy. This easy gateway into the University offers businesses access to our community of academics, business experts, professional practitioners and students for insights and advice, networking and resources, personal CPD and staff training, facilities and funding.

Join Business Academy. Email or follow @HertsBusAcademy | LinkedIn to Herts Business Academy.


Austin’s Funeral Service is delighted to sponsor the ‘Most Inspiring Business Woman’ category of the Best Business Woman Awards.

Austin’s is a family-run, independent funeral directors which has been serving the residents of Hertfordshire for over 300 years. Claire Austin, the current Managing Director, is the 10th generation of the Austin family to run the business. Austin’s has nine branches in Hertford, Ware, Welwyn, Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth, Knebworth and Buntingford and owns and operates Harwood Park Crematorium and Memorial Gardens in Stevenage.

Our whole ethos is about being welcoming to all; we offer a personal, caring and sympathetic service and have an excellent reputation for customer care. An Austin’s member of staff is always available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

As well as arranging every aspect of the funeral we also own Austin’s Memorials which supplies beautiful, hand-crafted stone memorials and we also offer a pre-payment funeral plan for those who wish to plan their funeral in advance.Many of our staff have served the Austin family for two generations (the longest has been with us for 47 years) and over two-thirds of families who use the services of Austin’s do so through recommendation.

We pride ourselves at being at the heart of the community and in 2002 the Austin family set up The Austin’s Charitable Fund to benefit the residents of the county. Each year a local charity is selected as the beneficiary and in the fourteen years since its launch over £140,000 has been raised.

For more information visit the website.

Tewin Bury Farm Hotel

Our venue for our 2017 is Tewin Bury Farm Hotel.

Tewin Bury Farm Hotel, a 4 Star Hotel set in the beautiful Hertfordshire Countryside.  It comprises of beautifully converted Farm buildings that run alongside the River Mimram which offers an exquisite fusion of old and new which will not disappoint and ideal for weddings, parties, conference and award ceremonies.

For more information visit the website.

Women Only Connected

WOC_HeaderLogo_2016dWomen Only Connected is THE Social and Business Network just for women.

Blog, Chat, Upload Videos, create your own Advertising Page, share your Expertise and Inspiration!

CONNECT with thousands of amazing women.

Make new friends and contacts. Be a part of our vibrant Network.

It’s FREE to join us and FREE to Advertise.

Find out more on their website here.

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Early in 2001 a very reluctant Jackie was dragged to her first networking meeting of women in IT.  Then, not a great one for “all women events”, and although it would seem an exaggeration for just one meeting, very quickly during that meeting Jackie fully appreciated the value and potential of women’s networking. “It was a real eye-opener! In women-only environments women network far more naturally – sharing and supporting. Something I’d not experienced in other business networking gatherings.”

Sharing an office in the City, her own network of all-female support grew quickly and organically; an ever-increasing number of women who worked in the City, getting together for lunch once a month to chat and support each other in business. The then Bromley Chamber of Commerce asked for her help and so 1230 TWC Bromley was launched – creating business growth with buzz not just for herself now, but also for other business women. So hugely successful was this second group that soon women were asking if they could run 1230 TWC networking meetings in their own areas. An interview and training programme was developed to grow a team of 1230 TWC Hosts. 1230 The Women’s Company was truly launched! Find out more about where 1230 TWC operates on their website.

WIBN Herts and Bedfordshire – Louise Yexley

WIBN – The Women in Business Network is a membership organisation for women who wish to gain new business opportunities through word of mouth. Whether employed or a business owner the network has a huge diversity of businesses involved. Our members support and encourage each other through collaboration and the sharing of business contacts and opportunities.

WIBN operate a one profession per group policy to ensure that each member is given the very best targeted help from the other members of their group.  We attract all types of business, from part time to full time, from new to established businesses, sole traders to corporate businesses.  Our strength is through the diversity and support that all types of businesses can offer each other. Find out more here

My Mustard

June Cory has a career spanning thirty years in media management, sales & training and launched My Mustard, a pay per click advertising agency in 2007. Based in the Old Town in Hemel Hempstead, June and the team manage hundreds of online advertising campaigns across various platforms; Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

The recipe for My Mustard is simple: Take five professional women, a joke-telling pig-rabbit, the world’s biggest search engine, some forward-thinking customers, and mix well. Add hours of number crunching, extensive market research, some seriously creative writing, a lot of patience, a bucketful of tenacity and a Bit of luck. Sprinkle with endless enthusiasm and serve hot.
A Google Premier Partner and a highly enthusiastic on and offline networker, June is Vice President of the St Albans and District Chamber of Commerce, hosts the monthly A Little Bit Of Networking group and talks about All Things Google at various forums across the region. She attributes her success to hard work, a ready smile and surrounding herself with people with different skills but the same values. She drinks a lot of coffee and is attempting to set a new land speed record for talking

Find out more click here 


Cariad  Marketing

Cariad Marketing is a digital marketing agency based in Hertford. We provide an outsourced marketing team service,where our team of 15 digital experts work collaboratively to achieve our clients’ marketing objectives. 

With specialists in SEO, PPC, social media, content creation, eMarketing and web design our team have a proven track record for achieving our clients’ lead generation, sales and brand awareness targets.

Find out more here