Birmingham entrepreneur wins prestigious Business Woman of the Year Award

Birmingham mum named Business Woman of the Year at the 2023 Enterprise Vision Awards
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Female powerhouses, trailblazers and innovators showcased outstanding female entrepreneurship from all four corners of Great Britain at the 2023 Enterprise Vision Awards.

And it was a Brummie entrepreneur who walked away with one of the top accolades - Business Woman of the Year.

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The atmosphere was electric and the feel good factor was off the scale with the camaraderie and support shown for all the finalists at the ceremony which took place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on September 29.

The room erupted with spontaneous singing and dancing as the finalists were announced and there were tears and laughter, sometimes simultaneously, as the winners shared their acceptance speeches.

What are the Enterprise Vision Awards?

Now in its twelfth year, the EVAS are a beacon for women who are driving change to showcase their successes and achievements. From nominations to the ceremony, opportunities are signposted along the way to help both entrants and sponsors make valuable connections and open doors to opportunities to grow their business.

Live streamed around the world, the awards had record number of viewers as far away as China, India, USA and Australia and social media erupted as support for the finalists flooded social media. The awards highlighted the work of 117 outstanding women, a diverse range of businesses were represented and there were many examples of innovation, creativity, resilience, and entrepreneurial flair.

2023 Enterprise Vision Awards Business Woman of the Year Maxine Laceby2023 Enterprise Vision Awards Business Woman of the Year Maxine Laceby
2023 Enterprise Vision Awards Business Woman of the Year Maxine Laceby

Who is the Birmingham Entrepreneur who won Business Woman of the Year?

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From stay at home mum to global entrepreneur, Maxine Laceby, founder of Absolute Collagen has shown that life really does begin at 50!

Initially rejected by investors, Maxine, from Birmingham, remortaged her house and persevered to create one of the fastest growing anti-aging brands. The marine collagen range includes supplements, skincare and haircare and has built an army of loyal Absoluters who regularly show their support on social media. From a £406,000 turnover in her first year to £22.2m last year, she wowed the judges and won the highly contended Business Woman of the Year Award.

Attending the awards ceremony with her co-founder daughter, Darcy, Laceby said “’It was an exceptional event. The Enterprise Vision Awards are one of the finest awards and it’s a five star from me. They are clearly driven by passion, community, and professionalism.”

The winners of the nineteen awards are:

  • Best Business Winner - Fiona Hull of Construction Q, sponsored by Chorley Council
  • Best Business Highly Commended Award - Lisa Brady of Perfect Recruitment, sponsored by Chorley Council
  • New Business Winner  - Lisa Baskott of 2nd Line of Defence, sponsored by Maria Fogg Family Law
  • Professional Services Winner - Preeti Choudhary of Pro-Business Consulting, sponsored by Stella Insurance
  • Hospitality Industry Winner - Gina Pennington of Penningtons Tea and Coffee, sponsored by The Pie Mill
  • Retail Business Winners - Alex and Jenny McFadden of Pretty Mama, sponsored by Nexatrak
  • Young Entrepreneur Winner - Imogen Southwood of iLashed by Imogen, sponsored by UCLAN
  • Training & Coaching Winner - Jodie Salt of Womanifest CIC, sponsored by Del Parsons Coaching
  • Diverse Business Winner - Becky Toal of Crowberry Consulting, sponsored by United Utilities
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2023 Enterprise Vision Awards
  • Family Business Winners - Andrea and Charlotte Fogg of Maria Fogg Family Law, sponsored by Merchandise 4 Impact
  • Creative Industry Winner - Helen Taylor of Glazey Days
  • Customer Services Highly Commended Award - Joan Lind of, sponsored by Coral Island Blackpool
  • Customer Service Winner - Helen Quayle of LaserHQ, sponsored by Coral Island Blackpool
  • Health & Wellbeing Winner - Hanna Sillitoe of Hanna Sillitoe Skincare, sponsored by Essentialise
  • Digital Industry Winner - Christina Melling of Stipendium, sponsored by the Centre of Excellence
  • Sustainable Business Winner - Victoria Coe of KinKind, sponsored by Crowberry Consulting
  • Employer Winner - Heidi Nursey of Visiting Angels Central Lancashire, sponsored by Porsche Centre Preston
  • Not for profit Winner - Sam Ashcroft of Headway Blackpool Wyre Fylde, sponsored by Blackpool Transport
  • Business Woman of the Year - Maxine Laceby of Absolute Collagen, sponsored by BioGrad
  • Inspirational Woman of the Year - Victoria Abbott-Fleming MBE of Burning Nights CRPS Support, sponsored by Pink Link
  • Outstanding Achievement Winner - Debra Cartlidge of The Deaf Village, sponsored by NatWest
2023 Enterprise Vision Awards Maxine Laceby of Absolute Collagen with Lynsey Daglish of BioGrad2023 Enterprise Vision Awards Maxine Laceby of Absolute Collagen with Lynsey Daglish of BioGrad
2023 Enterprise Vision Awards Maxine Laceby of Absolute Collagen with Lynsey Daglish of BioGrad

‘Female entrepreneurship plays a crucial role in the success of the UK economy’

Heather Waters, Regional Enterprise Manager, Manchester of NatWest said “NatWest has been a proud partner of the Enterprise Vision Awards for a decade and once again it illustrated the optimism, energy and potential that female led businesses offer. Female entrepreneurship plays a crucial role in the success of the UK economy and these awards help showcase the talent that is based here and the opportunities that exist. Importantly, the awards also an opportunity to showcase that success – and let others here their story. Every nominee, finalist and winner should be proud of their achievements.”

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Coral Horn, founder of the EVAS said “We’re here to champion women in business, from startups to global brands, charities to industrial giants, the EVAS brings together supporters of female entrepreneurship to empower and inspire. All generations came together to show their appreciation and there were children present who were inspired by their amazing mothers – maybe we’ll see some of them on the EVAS stage in the future!”

The 2024 Enterprise Vision Awards will open next year on 8 March. For more information, contact Coral Horn at: Enterprise Vision Awards

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