Awards 2016

The Bedfordshire BusinessWomen Awards is a prestigious annual event that recognises achievement in business by women across the county. Bedfordshire boasts some really dynamic, entrepreneurial and successful businesses.

The 2015/16 Bedfordshire BusinessWomen Awards were held on Thursday 21st January 2016 at The Barns Hotel, Bedford.

Bedfordshire BusinessWomen Awards 2016 Winners

Bedfordshire BusinessWoman of the Year 2016

Winner: Georgia Testa – GT Fitness

Georgia’s submission demonstrated a journey more typical of people twice and more her age, with her dissatisfaction with job offerings, a hunger for knowledge and ongoing improvement, and a burning desire to emulate those that inspire her, including Karren Brady no less! A worthy winner.


Young Achiever – sponsored by White Hart Press

Winner: Cat Lane – Cat Lane Photography
Runner-up: Georgia Testa – GT Fitness

Cat has demonstrated much courage in taking the big step to full-time self-employment, with a very impressive approach to business in the highly competitive world of photography.


Best New Business – sponsored by Bedford Removals

Winner: The Pavilion
Runner-up: Golden Hare Gallery

Exemplary! A fantastic business that has found itself a place in and embracing the community.


Female Employee of the Year – sponsored by Watton Recruitment Ltd

Winner: Paula Devine – Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce
Runner-up: Charlie Fay – The Kiosk at the Park

Paula goes above and beyond the call of duty, often going the extra mile. ‘If ever Paula is looking for a job…’!!!


Self-Employed Business Woman of the Year – sponsored by Bromley Rahlke Financial

Winner: Larissa Clarke – Transition Coaching
Runner-up: Philomena Watton – Watton Recruitment Ltd

Larissa has faced and overcome a lot of challenges en route to self employment; a great submission backed by evidence and testimonials.


Silver Heart Award – sponsored by Heart FM

Winner: Gill Lake
Runner-up: Larissa Clarke – Transition Coaching

Gill has a huge portfolio of charitable and voluntary ‘work’ and remarkably still manages to find time for her family and running her accountancy business.


Find out more about previous winners of the Bedfordshire BusinessWomen awards.