Awards evening

Thursday, October 3 at The Oakley Court, Windsor.

Finalists will be invited to the evening as our guest, and will be given the first option to purchase any additional places available at £95 per person, or £850 for a table of eight.

As places are limited, if you would like to attend, register your interest giving the number of places you would like to request.

To register or for more information contact:

Oakley Court

The Oakley Court, Bray, Windsor SL4 5UR

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Guest speaker: Joy Foster

Joy Foster, the founder and managing director of TechPixies, is the special guest speaker at the awards night, taking place at Oakley Court Hotel, Bray, Near Windsor, on October 3.

Foster, who is passionate about helping women return to work, change careers or start a business, will be sharing her story of becoming an award-winning entrepreneur.

Joy Foster will tell how through sheer determination and focus she has brought TechPixies back from the brink and now having raised investment the needed, she is leading this social enterprise to greater success.

Foster is a mother of two and is married to Olympic gold medallist Tim Foster MBE. She is an avid sportswoman herself and was on the United States archery team from 2004 to 2007 and was invited to live and train at the Olympic Training Center.

Foster has a gold medal from Women’s Henley 2001 for winning the elite women’s coxless 4. She has run 2 marathons to raise money for cancer research and rebuilding schools in Darfur and completed the Prudential 100 mile bike ride in London to raise money for the NSPCC. Joy is currently training for an Ironman.

Before setting up TechPixies, Foster successfully launched two other social enterprises. An avid traveller, she loves exploring new countries and cultures. She has lived in four countries (US, France, UK and Switzerland) and speaks three languages (French, German and English).

TechPixies recently raised £150k of female-led investment and in doing so was able to move the full TechPixies programme online. In the spring of 2019, it launched the Step by Step Social Media Magic Course. In 2018, TechPixies won a suite of awards including Women in Business Startup of the Year 2018, the IoD Startup Director of Year for London and the South. TechPixies Founder Joy Foster was named to Grant Thornton’s 100 Faces of the Vibrant Economy.


Winner 2018 Champion of Change

“Wow even being shortlisted for the Champion of Change award was amazing but to be a winner was incredible – not only did it increase my confidence hugely, it gave recognition to all the people that have worked alongside me to bring change to gender diversity in the sectors I work in. Having an accolade for something that you give time to, especially when it is voluntary really does make it all worthwhile and to top it all off it is an amazing night where I have now done business with at least three of the people I met on the evening. Enter – go on it is totally worth it.”

Sadie Groom, Managing director, founder, Bubble Agency.

Winner 2018 Enlightened Employer

“We were extremely proud to be named ‘Enlightened Employer’ in the 2018 Women in Business Awards – great recognition for all the fantastic work taking place in the business to achieve our vision of a gender balanced workforce, specifically the efforts and actions in our target areas of Women in Tech, Home Service and Leadership”.

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Winner 2018 Women Business Owner of the Year

“ Last year I won women business owner of the year. Not only did I feel hugely proud that my team’s efforts had been recognised; but it was also an inspirational moment for my 10-year-old daughter. As a single working mum, she is fully aware of the dedication required to grow a successful business. I would urge other women to put themselves, or others forward for the 2019 awards, as framing and celebrating success not only creates positive role models for our female peers but also for our children, which is hugely important and puts our dedication in context for them”

Lauren Atkins, Managing director, The Malins Group
Highly Commended 2018 Rising Star
“Being “Highly Commended” for the Awards last year was on a personal level such a confidence boost and a big pat on the back. In terms of the impact on the Business it has boosted our credibility in the industry especially with partners and sponsors. It is really wonderful to be recognised at such a level for the work we do with women.”
Aduke Onafowokan, The Sister Sister Network

Winner 2017 – Rising Star

“Winning the Women in Business Rising Star Award has given our business and our whole team credibility – as a startup, this impacts us at every level. 

It validates our mission to safeguard young people online as relevant and worthy, as well as recognising the issues of cyber-bullying, sexting and harmful content as genuinely damaging on a global scale. 

It’s much more than that because this competition doesn’t just give out a glass trophy (which is very nice) but it takes action. It raises the profile of women like me who often have to shout louder and work harder to promote their business.  It follows through with networking meetings offering opportunities to discuss challenges and share ideas.  Finally, it offers PR and promotion through the Business Magazine within the Thames Valley and beyond.”

Sharon Pursey, CEO, SafeToNet

Winner 2017 Spotlight on Women in STEM

“Although the gender gap in the field of STEM is slowly closing, it has become a personal goal of mine to grow female participation in science and technology. At the Women in Business Awards, I saw a big group of brilliant minds that know what to do to change the future, starting now. These awards, therefore, are an important stage to showcase role models that will, hopefully, encourage the next generation of women to enter into these sectors and thrive”.

Sandra Sassow, CEO, SeaB Energy

Winner 2017 Women Business Owner of the Year

“It means so much to me to have been awarded the Business Owner of the Year 2017 award. It is great that the Women in Business awards support entrepreneurial woman business owners and the fantastic things women are doing. It was lovely to get to meet so many interesting and inspiring women at the awards and I would really encourage any entrepreneurial women to put themselves forward for recognition!”

Georgina Hurcombe, Producer/MD - LoveLove Films

Winner 2017 Enlightened Employer of the Year

“My business partner Liz Matraves and I were thrilled to win the Enlightened Employer award for 2017. It means a lot to us and our staff at In Cloud Solutions, to be recognised for something as important as looking after the needs of our people. Our USP has always been our great customer care and the fact that we are now noted for caring about our staff too means that we are sending out the right message. Women in business are often reluctant to put themselves forward for accolades but if you are considering the awards in 2018 I would say Go For It! You Deserve it!”

Caroline Atkinson, Co-Founder, InCloud Solutions

Winner 2017 Board Level & Senior Executive of the Year

I enjoyed the Women in Business Awards process tremendously both on a personal and a business level. It was an opportunity to look back and reflect on my career on what I have achieved.  At the awards dinner I listened to and met some extraordinary women. It was highly motivating and is making me question what I want to achieve next.  Thank you so much for the opportunity.

Sara Bertin, Financial Director, Shorefield Holidays

Awards Charity

Smart Works

Every day, Smart Works helps women connect with the best version of themselves by giving them a complete outfit of clothes (theirs to keep) and one-to-one coaching so that they can succeed at their job interview.

“I felt valued, cared for, even loved, helped to look fantastically dressed and to feel proud of my life experience and abilities.” – A Smart Works Client

Smart Works Reading helps women across the Thames Valley through referrals from organisations such as Job Centre Plus, Mencap, Adviza, The Prince’s Trust and Ways into Work. In the last year, over 60% of the women who visited Smart Works went on to get the job within a month of their visit.

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