Harmless’ Director wins Nottingham Inspirational Business Woman of the Year award for self harm service

FROM law firms and accountants to waxing salons and hairdressers, the Nottingham Post Women in Business Awards celebrated the achievements of a wide range of female entrepreneurs.

Successful businesswomen from across Nottingham were honoured at Wednesday night’s ceremony, held at the Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club.

Awards were presented to winners and runners-up in 12 categories.

Imogen Skirving, the owner of country house hotel Langar Hall, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award

Wendy Tideswell, 54, and Debbie White, 50, owners of the Cake Decorating Company, in Triumph Road, Nottingham, shared the Businesswoman of the Year title.

Over the past five years, their cake-decorating business has grown from one which operates out of a spare bedroom into a £3.5m turnover company that exports products across the world and employs 33 people.

Wendy said: “We work so hard but we don’t do it to win anything – we do it to achieve something for ourselves and our family. But when an award comes on top of that, it makes it all worthwhile.”

Ambitious chiropractor Naomi Mills, 28, won the Rising Star award after taking over Radcliffe Chiropractic Clinic earlier this year. She also runs an online service which helps other private healthcare professionals promote their businesses and use social media.

Diane Doran was crowned Entrepreneur of the Year after transforming Mansfield Manor Hotel into a thriving business which now operates at around 85 per cent room occupancy.

And employment law firm Halborns secured the title of best new business.

NKD waxing, in Bridlesmith Walk, Nottingham, won the Small Business of the Year accolade.

The salon – owned by Rebecca Dowdeswell, 38, of Radcliffe-on-Trent – impressed our judges with its continued growth over the last five years.

Rebecca said: “Winning this award means a lot. To get public recognition by the Nottingham Post is special.”

Other awards on the night went to Caroline Harroe, who was named Inspirational Woman of the Year after she set up Harmless to provides support, information, training and consultancy to people who self-harm.

‘I don’t do what I do for recognition- not at all, but to hear that Harmless is a well- respected company and that people are increasingly believing in our business model and the way we do things makes me very proud. I’m really pleased to be considered a positive role model who can inspire others- using business to save lives makes me feel glad that we are here’

Dawn Butler’s new Cake Frame design – an internal support system for cakes that helps elaborate, gravity-defying tiered cakes stand upright – saw her win the Innovation Award.

Hairven hair and beauty salon in Gedling was crowned Community Champion after raising an estimated £24,000 for charity by offering its services, products and time for free.

And Hairven’s Phoebe Gretton, 18, took home the title of Apprentice of the Year.

The title of Sole Trader of the Year was won by Bella Bidmead for her Waggy Tails Pet Services business.

While Dr Jane Dewar was crowned winner of the Women in Public Service Award after leading the campaign which led to the opening of a new £6.6m Cystic Fibrosis Centre at Nottingham City Hospital.

This year’s Women in Business Awards has been the popular competition run by the Post, after more than 200 nominations flooded in for businesswomen and female entrepreneurs.

Nottingham Post editor Mike Sassi said: “This year, The Post has had more entries than ever before. We have been genuinely overwhelmed by both the quality and quantity.

“We’ve been impressed by the great variety of local businesses run by successful women.”

Full list of winners:

Lifetime achievement


Imogen Skirving, owner of Langar Hall Country Hotel and Restaurant

Apprentice of the Year:

Winner – Phoebe Gretton of Hairven hair and beauty Salon in Gelding.

Runner-up – Kim Wilson of Mansfield Manor Hotel.

Innovation Award:

Winner – Novelty cakes and airbrush specialist instructor Dawn Butler, owner of Dinkydoodle Designs, West Bridgford.

Runner-up – Althea Giscombe, owner of Thea Skincare, based in Experian Way, Nottingham.

Inspirational Woman of

the Year:

Winner – Caroline Harroe, who set up of Harmless, which provides support, information, training and consultancy to people who self-harm.

Runner-up – Amy Lee, from Dillon and Lee Hair Salon, in Byard Lane, Nottingham, who juggles running her business with caring for her four-year-old son Harrison, who has Cerebal Palsy, limited speech and epilepsy.

Entrepreneur of the


Winner – Diane Doran, owner of Mansfield Manor Hotel.

Runner-up – Fashion designer Fazane Fox, owner of Fazane Malik Clothing Limited, based in Heanor.

Community Champion:

Winner – Hairven hair and beauty salon in Gedling, owned by Collette Osborne, which to date has raised an estimated £24,000 for charity by offering their services, products and time for free.

Runner-up – Anna Bond and Sarah Marie Taylor from Green Scene Education, which helps children grow food and flowers in schools across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Sole Trader of the Year:

Winner – Bella Bidmead, of Waggy Tails Pet Services

Runner-up – Cara Wesson from CLW Accounting, based in of East Leake.

Rising Star:

Winner – Naomi Mills, owner of Radcliffe Chiropractic Clinic and Chiromarket Ltd.

Runner-up – Serena Humphrey of The F Word financial training company, based in West Bridgford.

New Business/Business


Winner – Halborns, an employment law firm in Waverley Street, Nottingham, owned by lawyer Ginny Hallam.

Runner-up – AEDA arts academy in Hockley, founded by Carmen Shaw.

Small Business of the


Winner – Nkd Waxing, in Bridlesmith Walk, Nottingham, owned by Rebecca Dowdeswell.

Runner-up – Hairven hair and beauty salon in Gedling, owned by Collette Osborne.

Women in Public Service Award:

Winner – Dr Jane Dewar, a cystic fibrosis consultant who has works at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Runner-up – Nicola Burley, executive director at the Galleries of Justice.

Businesswoman of the

Year: Wendy Tideswell and Debbie White, of the Cake Decoarting Company in Triumph Road, Nottingham.

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