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Local female entrepreneurs nominated in county Awards

Female entrepreneurs from Andover and the surrounding areas have been recognised in the first Hampshire Women’s Business Awards.

The businesses, which are all owned or run by women, have been nominated in various categories that acknowledge creativity, community, business enterprise and excellent service.

The awards are being organised by Trudy Simmons who runs the Hampshire Women’s Business Facebook group.

In total more than 100 businesses from around the county have been nominated across eight awards. Since the nominations were announced (on Monday 20 August), there have been more than 7,000 votes.

Trudy set up the Facebook group last year to provide business women across Hampshire a place to receive support and guidance to expand their businesses. It has been very well received and in the last six months it has more than doubled its size to more than 2,300 members. The group includes a wide range of businesses from legal services to web design to corporate photography to cafes and restaurants.  Trudy launched the Awards in May to celebrate the group’s success.

She said: “Women in business need to be celebrated. In general, women rarely shout about their successes, and I wanted to change that. I have been blown away by the number of votes that have been cast so far and I’m sure it will only increase. It just shows how many amazing business women we have across Hampshire and the amount of support and community there is among female entrepreneurs.”

The Awards night, which is a sold out event, will take place on Saturday 17 November 2018. People can cast their votes by visiting

Businesses from Andover are nominated for the follow Awards:

Beautiful Bricks and Mortar Business
La Di Da Interiors Ltd

The Tea Cosy

Totcity Andover

Dream BIG Award

The Content Consultancy

The Tea Cosy

UCPS Learning Ltd

Floribunda Rose Floral Design

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Lucie’s Beauty Room

UCPS Learning Ltd

Phenomenal Product

Lavender Princess Ltd

Wessex Spirits

The Hampshire Women’s Business of the YEAR

La Di Da Interiors, Andover

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