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MEET THE FINALISTS: Sharon Owusu-Banahene

Posted on 17 April, 2019 at 7:30 Comments comments (2)



NOMINATION CATEGORY: INSPIRATIONAL MOTHER OF THE YEAR


Sahron Owusu-Banahene is the owner of Mrsbsi Limited ( a fashion online store in the process of rebranding ), an aspiring medical and intellectual property lawyer and a writer, studying at the university of Derby . Sharon works with the foreign and commonwealth office within the Tier 2,4 and 5 visa curtailment team in Sheffield. With her busy schedules, Sharon also makes time to engage with her faith motivating women and supporting the needy.


The wife and mother of two is also a Patron to the BY Foundation Charity Organisation in Kumasi Ghana . Sharon enjoys travelling, writing songs meeting new people and laughing at every opportunity as she believes laughter makes the heart merry.



We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 11th of May 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?aff=erelexpmlt#tickets




MEET THE FINALISTS:Jo Wimble-Groves

Posted on 10 April, 2019 at 10:15 Comments comments (2)


NOMINATION CATEGORY:  MUMPRENEUR OF THE YEAR


Jo Wimble-Groves is co-owner of the global award winning communications company ‘Active Digital’ which she runs with her brother, Richard. Active Digital is one of just a handful of direct O2 partners to win both partner awards for the last three consecutive years.


On a personal level, Jo has achieved a number of accolades; including The Young Guns Award for growing business and ’35 under 35’ in Management Today as seen in the Times. Aside from this, Jo is also a freelance writer with a keen interest in confidence, leadership and women in business. Many of her business articles have featured in high profile publications such as InStyle UK, Changeboard, Cosmopolitan and Guardian Careers. She also won Excellent Yummy Mummy Awards 2018 for mumpreneur of the year.


As a keynote speaker, Jo runs a series of events and talks designed to encourage and help women with confidence and to help them step up into more senior business roles. As a regular speaker in schools, Jo’s aim is to encourage and inspire the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs. Jo tailors each talk to suit the needs and ages of her audience. 


And finally, Jo writes a parenting and lifestyle blog called ‘Guilty Mother’ which she started in January 2016 and is now read and enjoyed by her 41,000 followers. www.guiltymother.co.uk


We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 11th of May 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?aff=erelexpmlt#tickets

 


MEET THE FINALISTS: Janet Gray

Posted on 13 March, 2019 at 7:05 Comments comments (0)



NOMINATION CATEGORY:  MUMPRENEUR OF THE YEAR


Janet Gray has been a textiles teacher in secondary schools for the last eight years. One of the reasons why she went into teaching was to get rid of this preconception that textiles was for girls and she always encouraged students to think outside of the box. She had them design and make things that would be useful to them and not just a garment that would never be worn.


Since she started teaching there has been too many changes and she feels that the UK educational system are sucking the life out of creative subjects. She had to teach other subjects she had no prior knowledge or experience in and teaching children that have no interest in textiles. She began to lose her drive.


Long hours, challenging workloads, her marriage breakdown, a slipped disc and sciatica, having a demanding one year old and a teenager struggling to cope with the pressures of life and his GCSEs made her re-evaluate her life. Janet knew for sure she didn’t want to wake up crying anymore, her children needed her to be strong for them, so one day with no plan she decided to leave her full-time teaching job.



Her son and his friend asked Janet to show them how to make a pair of trousers and she helped them draft a pattern from an existing pair. By the end of the week they both had made trousers that cost about the same as a takeaway. It made her think that some people just want to learn a new skill to help themselves and not necessarily make a career out of it. That's how her business of three years Feed My Creative was born.  She knew financially it would be difficult, but  she had a plan.



On the 1st January 2016, she  bought a note book and created a mind map of who and what Feed My Creative would be and what she wanted to achieve. She wanted to make things, teach on her terms, go back to old school values and teach people how to be more creative. She wanted to be able to support others in their own journeys of discovery. It had to be about more than just sewing and that’s where her journey started.



Her business Feed My Creative CIC is a social enterprise and she works with young people and adults demonstrating ways to be more sustainable with fabrics. Her textiles are donated to her by her  local IKEA. she donates soft furnishings (bedding, curtains etc.) to homeless charities, those working with supported housing, survivors of DV, refuges just as a few examples as well as individuals that have had to start again due to unforeseen circumstances.



Janet has been in her studio in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham for over a year now and due to her son not enjoying his college experience, at 18 she gave him an office space to work on setting up his own high-end clothing brand.



We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 30th of March 2019.

Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?aff=erelexpmlt#tickets

MEET THE FINALISTS: Dr Idorenyin Charles

Posted on 6 March, 2019 at 3:00 Comments comments (1)

 

NOMINATION CATEGORY:EXCELLENCE IN THE SCIENCES



Dr Idorenyin Charles  is a motivational speaker, gospel minister, an emergency medicine specialist, health promoter and public health advocate.

Dr Charles is a medical doctor working as a speciality doctor in Accident and Emergency-NHS England. She graduated in 2005 from University of Calabar Medical school. Moved to United Kingdom in 2009 to further her studies were  she obtained a post graduate certificate Msc Occupational Health from University of Aberdeen, Scotland in 2010.


She is passionate about the health of the people of Africa seeing the high mortality rate among  children,  mothers and the elderly. She watched people die from treatable conditions like malaria, diarrhoea, dehydration, headache, hypertension. She noticed the people of Africa are enslaved and brainwashed to believe that all their illness are demonic and spiritually connected. This is why I started the platform called The Health Gospel on Facebook where she teaches and creates awareness on various health issues and demystify the myths around their health.


Dr Charles also speaks in African community meetings in the United kingdom educating  African people to take responsibility for their health and stop believing their illness is demonic related.

Her organisation supports the very poorly ill patients back in Nigeria with essential and basic necessities of daily living.

They are reaching out to Africa to meet with the communities to create awareness around people’s health. They help people who are struggling with mental health, chronic illnesses in Africa.



Her goal is to see Africans take responsibility for their health and also to reduce the unavoidable deaths amongst the African communities.

Dr Charles is married with three children, two boys and one girl.



We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 30th of March 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?aff=erelexpmlt#tickets


MEET THE FINALISTS: Dennisha Gamanga

Posted on 28 February, 2019 at 0:05 Comments comments (0)

 


NOMINATION CATEGORY:INSPIRATIONAL YOUNG MOTHER OF THE YEAR


Dennisha Gamanga is a 25 years old  single mother of two boys. She is a  model, pageant queen, student,hairdresser and singer. She is originally from Sierra Leone.


Growing up in London was very tough for her, as she suffers from sickle cell. Despite her health condition,she continues to chase her dreams and credits her resilience to having family and friends who support and help her through the pain.



She is very passionate about modelling and having her own brand. Through her modelling career,she has travelled around the world to places like; Ghana ,New York, and Sierra Leone. She is part of a charity organisation called Inedem . Inedem team  believe that children are our future. 


Dennisha believes that the  most valuable gift that one can give their children is not money but the ability to think positively. According to her: "the money will soon be gone, but the ability to think positively will go on to help the children be a success throughout their lives."


 

We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 30th of March 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?ref=ebtnebtckt



MEET THE FINALISTS: Sharon McBean

Posted on 20 February, 2019 at 4:20 Comments comments (0)



NOMINATION CATEGORY:MUM-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 


Sharon McBean, is the woman behind the Nia Ballerina brand. Nia Ballerina, which is a UK based company was launched in August 2016 and sells a range of black ballerina products worldwide. This is Sharon's first time starting a business so had no prior experience of running a business although she does have a background in marketing but left the industry over 15 years ago before social media.  She is  now a qualified social worker and has been working as a qualified social worker for over 12 years, and was able to take some time out to launch her business, however have returned to work on a part-time basis.


She believes her purpose in this world is being a mum to her beautiful daughter who is now 7 years of age, and she absolutely loves being a mum. The  Nia Ballerina  brand was created because of her daughter so you could say she is the true person behind the brand!


INSPIRATION BEHIND THE BRAND


Nia Ballerina is the inspiration of Sahron's own daughter, and her absolute love for ballet from the age of before she was even 3 years.  Her mother had brought her daughter a jewellery box with a ballerina figurine, however she did not understand why the ballerina did not resemble her daughter!  She wanted her daughter to have a music box with a ballerina that looked like her, and had presumed music boxes with black ballerinas were readily available.  Sharon searched for about 18 months both in the UK and in different countries around the world but was unable to find any musical jewellery boxes containing black ballerina figurines.  She finally made the decision in the autumn of 2015 that she would begin the process of creating her own music box with a black ballerina.  The process of producing the music boxes with no experience in manufacturing took time, was not easy and meant learning a lot of new things and skills mainly through trial and error, and there has been a lot of mistakes along the journey!


When the Nia Ballerina music boxes first launched, Sharon was inundated with orders and struggled to keep up with the demand selling half of her initial total stock within the first week.  Luckily, she was able to reorder almost immediately after launching and now dispatch from the UK, and also direct from the USA via a fulfilment house.  She also has a number of independent retailers around the world who stock her products.


McBean never thought when she created the product for her own daughter there would be such a demand, however it shows that representations is important and that every ballerina deserves to see themselves when they open a music box.  As a mother, she feels proud that she has created a product and brand, Nia Ballerina for her daughter, which is inspiring her daughter to follow her dream of being a ballerina!


We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 30th of March 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?ref=ebtnebtckt



MEET THE FINALISTS:Rachael Buabeng

Posted on 13 February, 2019 at 2:45 Comments comments (1)



NOMINATION CATEGORIES: INSPIRATIONAL MOTHER OF THE YEAR,MUM-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR &


MUMPRENEUR OF THE YEAR


Rachael Buabeng is wife, mother of two, step-mother of one and founder of Mummy's Day

Out.

At the tender age of eight years old Rachael was featured in the Newham Recorder having

raised money for charity stating that she would love to work with children. This manifested as

she grew and it was no surprise when Rachael worked in the childcare field and later went

on to qualify as a lecturer teaching childcare.


Rachael’s desire to have lots of children was no secret to anyone and she could often be

heard saying she wanted six children. Little did she know that carrying a child would be one

of the hardest things she has ever had to do. Despite her degrees and many achievements

pregnancy was completely out of her control and once she began trying for a baby with her

husband Rachael faced several challenges. The turbulence to becoming a mother was

overwhelming however Rachael eventually became pregnant and then was diagnosed with

hyperemesis. This condition was not known to anyone in the family. The road to motherhood

was not free from trails; Rachael dealt with pregnancy related illness’ and miscarriage but

didn't lose hope.


When Rachael finally gave birth to her daughter in 2015, she wanted to bring together all

the new mothers around her to socialise, be inspired and to encourage one another.

Rachael put together amazing, sold out social events in a gorgeous London hotel setting.

The events ranged from afternoon teas, luncheons and expanded to netwalking in the local

area, gaining sponsorship from major brands. 

At her events she hosts guest speakers. The guest speakers are from all walks of life and they

share their experiences and knowledge, often helping mothers overcome fears and gain the

motivation to take steps to achieve their life long dreams. The event facilitate all this for

mothers, with their children in tow, breaking down the all too common barriers of no

childcare for many and the feeling of isolation that many mothers experience while

transitioning into motherhood.


Now in  its 3rd year, Rachael has expanded Mummy's Day Out offering family fun

days for all the family members to enjoy. Using sought after child friendly venues Rachael

engages families not only from London but all around the country boasting crowds of over

200 people. She has also begun facilitating opportunities for families to attend training such

as first aid for parents.


Sporting the title mumpreneur with pride, Rachael has supported many small businesses

offering affordable vendor opportunities at events, giving exposure to such businesses often

run by mums too. This led to natural growth and launch of ‘Mum 2 Mumpreneur’ in 2018, a

roundtable event for mums in business. This offers mothers a space to network and gain

tips, support and guidance in growing/starting a business. Many of the attendees have

gained mentors, sponsorship and partnerships via this amazing network.


Having now had her second child Rachael’s pregnancy experience was again not free from

health struggles and was not free from adversity pushing her to tackle even greater

turbulence. This has only made Rachael more passionate about supporting mothers and

providing opportunities for them to be encouraged, empowered and inspired. Especially

encouraging conversation about topics often taboo in our communities such as child loss.

Mummy’s Day Out has grown into a large community with over 3500 followers and offers

opportunities for mothers to share their own motherhood narrative via its platform. In addition

to this Rachael has recently launched the insta-live segments where mothers are able to

gain knowledge and ask questions on important topics such as life insurance absolutely

FREE.


Rachael has selflessly helped several mothers find and fulfil their purpose by supporting

them to take the right steps towards their interests often signposting them to the right people

or giving them a helping hand. An example of this was during an admission to hospital

because of a serious illness in 2016, Rachael spent time communicating with a mother who

was launching a charity for premature babies. This organisation is now in its second year

and continuously salutes Rachael for her support.


Mummy's Day Out is for all ages and type of mother. The events and platform engages

people from all walks of life. So its not unusual to see Rachael’s mother who often attends

Mummy's Day Out events and leaves inspired saying ‘if only there were things like this in her

days’. In 2018, a significant achievement for Rachael was seeing the impact that Mummy's

Day Out events has had on her own mother who has now become a mumpreneur at 64

years of age.



We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 30th of March 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?ref=ebtnebtckt



MEET THE FINALISTS-Roxanne-Sasha Jennings

Posted on 6 February, 2019 at 2:10 Comments comments (1)



NOMINATION CATEGORIES: EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA & EXCELLENT YOUNG MOTHER OF THE YEAR

Roxanne-Sasha is an independent mother to her daughter Isabella-Grace who she describes as her pride and her joy. She believes that her faith in God and daughter gave her back her purpose. Describing them both as her biggest inspiration and the motivation behind all that she does.



Roxanne-Sasha is the founder and director of The Resilient Mum; a platform created to inspire and uplift other independent mothers like herself. The Resilient Mum was founded in 2015 prior to her becoming a mother and it has been a blessing to watch its impacts on independent mothers worldwide helping them to establish their purpose, and see that there is so much more for their lives.



She empowers mothers daily to be proud of who they are and to own their story whilst encouraging them to understand that they are not their past - their past has no hold on their lives. Where they are going does not compare to where they have been. She spreads messages of encouragement, love and light across her social media and in her FB groups to empower those who need it.



Roxanne-Sasha is also an author, she wrote her first book titled, "The Resilient Mum" in 2015. She blogs at www.theresilientmum.com and she has recently launched a magazine catering specifically for Independent mums; The Independent Mum. She is always busy doing something and despite facing her own adversities she remains dedicated and of course resilient! She perseveres knowing that  her God has always got her back and He will never allow her to fall.



We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 30th of March 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?ref=ebtnebtckt




MEET THE FINALISTS: Annie Ridout

Posted on 30 January, 2019 at 6:00 Comments comments (0)

NOMINATION CATEGORY: EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA


Annie is an editor-in-chief of digital parenting platform The Early Hour, and works as a freelance journalist for national news and women’s magazines (The Guardian, Forbes, Grazia, Red Magazine, Stylist, Metro, Telegraph). She is also a wife and a mother of two.


Her first non-fiction book – The Freelance Mum: A flexible career guide for better work–life balance – will be published by 4th Estate in January 2019. It’s a guide to setting up as a freelance mum – from deciding on your freelance career path, to launching a website, social media, getting your name out there and perfecting your brand. Also childcare options, daily routines for optimum productivity, and maintaining healthy work/life boundaries. Alongside her own tips, there are loads from other freelance mums, including Arianna Huffington, Helen Thorn of the Scummy Mummies, Carrie-Anne Roberts (Mere Soeur), Robyn Wilder, Zoe de Pass, Cherry Healey and Anna Jones. 



She also creates the content for women’s confidence app Clementine (she's a co-founder) and speaks at live events (like Stylist Live, Hive Collective) and on BBC radio and TV.



Annie wrote about her career journey for The Guardian’s Women in Leadership, fitting freelance work around family for Guardian Money, and shared her thoughts on parenting and early rising in a Guardian Opinion piece. She was also featured in The Sunday Times – talking business, motherhood and childcare – and interviewed for a Guardian article on negotiations in business. 




We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 30th of March 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?ref=ebtnebtckt


MEET THE FINALISTS: Tanzila Zaman

Posted on 23 January, 2019 at 5:40 Comments comments (0)




NOMINATION CATEGORY: INSPIRATIONAL MOTHER OF THE YEAR



Tanzila Zaman is an award winning motivational speaker, TV producer, radio host and the former business development engineer of world's largest engineering firm- AREVA.


 She is the also the founder of BANK OF IDEAS CIC,UK- which  promotes the importance of one's native language and culture through different fun educational creative activities, workshops and motivational  seminars. She  has been serving the London Bangladeshi & diverse community parents and children in philanthropy for over four years.


She came to London in 2008 as an international student from Bangladesh. She successfully finished her MBA and additional master's degree  in Strategic Leadership and Executive Management despite dealing with ill-health at the time.


Her vision is to inspire and educate 250 million immigrant families from the globe about the significance of 'mother tongue and culture'. She is publishing a great inspirational book, titled; MIND YOUR MOTHER TONGUE  due to be realeased on the 21st February 2019, on  International Mother Language Day.




Tazila started her workshop (for parents and children within her community) from her sitting room. Due to  difficulty to accommodate more participants, she later moved and started hosting her workshops in libraries, children centres, private associations, even friend's gardens and public parks. She is  now thriving! Her immigration issues, financial difficulties and other family problems were not able to derail her vision.


In  February 2018, she was invited to give an inspiring opening speech on International Mother Language Day at House of Lords, British Parliament. She continually inspires and helps families within her community to build their self-esteem up, maintain/ regain confidence level and  show them the possibility of making their dreams a reality.


Tanzila juggles all of the aforementioned with being a wonderful mum to her 8 years old son. Her son is also an award winning inspirational speaker, author of book 'ME & MY MUM' and the dream ambassador of BANK OF IDEAS CIC.



We can not wait to celebrate this inspirational mother on the 30th of March 2019.


Tickets for the award ceremony are avaialble via eventbrite:


https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-yummy-mummy-awards-2019-tickets-52933354087?ref=ebtnebtckt




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