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Local female entrepreneur named as a finalist in Hampshire Women In Business Awards

Nicola Arnold

Let's Talk: Hampshire Women's Business Awards finalist Nicola Arnold speaks to Biz

Nicola Arnold is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach with a passion for empowering individuals to stand in their spotlight, develop their confidence and connect to their true self in order to illuminate their path of possibilities. In 2016 Nicola launched the Happy to be ME hub, (shortlisted for an ‘exceptional business award’ 2017 and nominated for two awards in 2018), an online community built on happiness, authenticity and gratitude.

The Awards include eight categories that acknowledge creativity, community, business enterprise, and excellent service.

Enkindle which is run by Nicola Arnold and based in Farnborough has been named as a finalist in both the Super Service and Entrepreneurial Spirit award categories.

Nicola Arnold is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach with a passion for empowering individuals to stand in their spotlight, develop their confidence and connect to their true self in order to illuminate their path of possibilities. In 2016 Nicola launched the Happy to be ME hub, (shortlisted for an ‘exceptional business award’ 2017 and nominated for two awards in 2018), an online community built on happiness, authenticity and gratitude.

 

She champions the belief that everyone is entitled to honour their self worth as a lifestyle not a luxury. This year she was invited to speak at a conference in Brighton and depicted her self worth story by learning The Greatest Showman’s “This is me” in sign language which left not a dry eye on the house. (You can view this here at 16 mins: https://youtu.be/op2HIR2m_jo )

 

Nicola firmly believes that if you want something you can’t just wish for it, you have to make it happen. 

In total, more than 100 businesses from around the county were nominated across the eight awards. Nominations were announced in August and more than 9800 votes have been cast.

 

FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR QUOTE:

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

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 2,600 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: “Female entrepreneurs need to be celebrated – as women we do not shout about our achievements enough. I would like to congratulate all our finalists. Each one of them demonstrates exceptional work ethic, excellent service and a great business mind. I have been so pleased with how many entries we received and how many votes were cast.

It just shows the number of amazing business women we have across Hampshire and the amount of support and community there is among female entrepreneurs. It’s going to be very exciting to see who wins each award.”

The Awards night, which is a sold-out event, will take place on Saturday 17 November 2018.

 

Information about all the categories:


Phenomenal Product
Identifying incredible and unique products created in our local area. Products show value as well as solve a specific need despite the price point.

Super Service
Recognising superb services online or in-person. Service providers including consultants, coaches and freelancers will show level of care and service, customer satisfaction and client transformation from using their service.

Beautiful Bricks and Mortar Business
Celebrating our bricks and mortar shops, stores and outlets. You will be known within the community and have a business people visit in-person.

Reach for the Stars
Supporting a new business owner to keep dreaming big. In business for less than two years, they are unstoppable and demonstrate huge potential for their business.

Dream BIG Award
A business owner who has nailed the big dream. In business for over two years, they can demonstrate growth, have repeatedly ventured outside their comfort zone, adapted to changes with the marketplace and have a sustainable business model for the future.

Entrepreneurial Spirit
A special entrepreneur who single-handedly overcame hurdles in the last two years to get where they are now.

Local Spirit Award
Recognising a special social enterprise or charity that solve a need and serve the local community in an outstanding way.

The Hampshire Women's Business of the YEAR
The prestigious award for the best overall business of the year. This business will demonstrate growth, obstacles they overcame and standout evidence of their astounding achievements.

 

  1. The Hampshire Women’s Business Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/hampshirewomensbusiness