Wandsworth's Female Business Stars Given Awards

Over a hundred attend event at Putney rowing club

Kemi Akinola (second from left) with the speakers and attendees
Kemi Akinola (second from left) with the speakers and attendees

April 4, 2023

A day designed to spotlight the borough’s best female-led businesses was held recently in Putney.

The event on 29 March which was attended by over 100 people included the announcement of the winners of this year’s Wandsworth Enterprising Women’s Awards,

This annual event is a chance for local women in business to network, take part in workshops and hear motivational discussions, talks and interviews. It was organised by the council’s business support team and held at the Thames Rowing Club in Putney.

Kemi Akinola, deputy council leader, attended the event and congratulated the winners. She said: "It was such a pleasure to meet all these fantastic women and well done to all the deserved winners. The event provided much needed space for businesswomen to network, inspire each other and enjoy a fabulous lunch. I encourage everyone to nominate a deserving local businesswoman next year.

“We know the challenges faced by women in business and we want to help all of you succeed. Get in touch, tell us what you need and let’s create a strong, prosperous and supportive Wandsworth business community.”

The winners and runners up in each category
The winners and runners up in each category

The winners of the Wandsworth Enterprising Women’s Award are:

Entrepreneur of the Year

Winner - Rachel Wang from Chocolate Films
Runner up - Ayo Abbas from Abbas Marketing
Highly commended - Ceylan Boyce from the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs and Poppy Mardall from Poppy’s Funerals

Best Green Business

Winner - Poppy Mardall from Poppy’s Funerals
Runner up- Sophie Dunster from Gung-Ho London
Highly commended - Elizabeth Jones from Natural for Baby

Made in Wandsworth

Winner– Sam Ubhi from Sam Ubhi
Runner up Joyce Akrasi from Akrasi Boutique
Highly commended - Catherine Marche from Catherine Marche jewellery

Best Social Enterprise

Winner - Louise Pendry from Bounce Theatre
Runner up - Kim Perlow from Link Up London
Highly commended -Felicia Mattis-Rome from Business Launchpad and Lynne Capocciama from Estate Art Ltd

Rising Star

Winner - Ahana Banerjee from Clearapp
Runner up - Kemilia-Jean Ogunmuyiwa from Mud Café
Highly commended - Begum and Bike Ayaskan from Aerseeds

The High Street Hero award (voted by the public)

Winner - Shahd Mahnavi from Moxies Fish Bar
Runner up - Kimberly Graham from The Beauty Parlour by Kimberly Graham

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