Four Women Entrepreneurs Stand Out at County Women in Business Awards

Four women from Tunbridge Wells have made the county-wide Kent Women in Business Awards (KWIB Awards) shortlist.

The quartet all compete in more than one category, with some returning after past successes.

Siobhan Stirling and Deborah Richards are both shortlisted for Businesswoman of the Year (over five years in business).

Ms. Stirling, director of Sharp Minds Communications, is also competing in the Employer of the Year and Women in Public Relations and Marketing categories.

In 2021, she won the Leadership and Management award for the second consecutive year and was also a finalist in the PR & Marketing category and Businesswoman of the Year (over five years in operation).

She has also won the PR & Marketing award twice and the Women’s Champion award once.

“It is an honor to share a place in the final with so many other leading women from Kent, and I wish my colleagues from Tunbridge Wells the best of luck for the evening.” she says.

As the founder and managing partner of Maddisons Residential, this is Ms Richards’ first time attending the KWIBA ceremony, but she was also nominated for the Growth Award this year.

“Even with the remaining lockdown challenges from last year, I am committed to finding new ways to continue providing great service to our customers,” she said.

“Being recognized for these efforts is the icing on the cake.”

Founder of the TN Card rewards program – which covers independent businesses in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks, while raising money for West Kent Mind – Jess Gibson has been shortlisted in the Entrepreneur of the Year and Community Champion categories.

“It’s an honor to be a finalist for the awards for a second year,” she said. “The TN Card has grown rapidly since its launch in 2020, and with over 2,000 members now enjoying rewards to support local and industry recognition like this, it’s clear that the TN Card is making a difference. real difference in our cities.”

In the Professional Achievement and “Mumpreneur” of the Year categories, Jessica Nelson, owner of Once Upon A Wish Events, offers characters and experiences for children’s parties and events.

“I’m thrilled to be shortlisted for two awards – it makes all the hard work worthwhile,” she said.

“It may be a handful, building a successful business whilst being a full-time mum, but it has allowed me to pursue my passion of sharing magical moments with my clients across Kent.”

The KWIBA winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in Ashford on Friday March 11. There are 20 categories this year.

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