Some of the Midlands’ most inspiring women have been crowned ‘Women On Their Way’ in the inaugural Women On Their Way Awards. The Online Business Award sponsored by Finditinsandwell.co.uk has been won by mumpreneur adviser Jane Hopkins of Mumsclub.co.uk.
As a single mum Jane set up Mumsclub in order to be able to help other mums who, like her, work from home whilst juggling everything else. She works extremely hard and very long hours in helping all the other mums who have joined her forum which is free. Jane is always there with advice and encouragement. She goes out of her way to find avenues for mum’s who want to build their business up on a budget. Everything Jane does is purely to help mum’s with growing their business. In the meantime, her forum is growing extensively. It is an extremely friendly forum where everybody helps each other out and you are allowed to promote your business on the forum, unlike any other mum’s business forums. Jane also encourages mum’s to do business with each other. Jane launched the Business Mum’s Journal in 2008 to enable mum’s to advertise their business at extremely low rates. She distributed the Journal at the Birmingham NEC and in play areas. She has then gone on to have the Journal sponsored by Mothercare and increased the distribution amongst 10 Mothercare stores giving MumsClubber’s a fantastic opportunity for their own business to thrive.
The awards are the brainchild of Jo Cameron, best known for her appearance on BBC’s The Apprentice, and Lisa Ibbotson. Jo said : “The winners are some of the most inspiring women in the Midlands. The event was uplifting and upbeat providing a real lift to the business community, which we are very happy to have been part of.” Lisa said: “We are delighted that we had such an overwhelming response from the region and we would like to wish our winners all the very best in the coming year. Our event will be bigger and bolder next year and we hope to have a great year building up to it”
They also had the well wishes of the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown who commented :“The ‘Women on their way’ awards show that women in the West Midlands have the talent, dedication and enthusiasm to help drive the British economy through these difficult economic times and on to a stronger and fairer future. I would like to congratulate everyone nominated for an award and wish them all the best in their coming endeavours”
And West Midlands Woman, the first female Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith : “As a woman of the West Midlands I am immensely proud to add my words of praise for these extraordinary women. Their efforts and innovation are a credit to our region and will act as an inspiration to the many that follow”