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Bristol and Bath Woman of the Year Vashti Seth has done her late father proud

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Written by: Gavin Thompson | Posted 21 March 2016 9:45

Bristol and Bath Woman of the Year Vashti Seth has done her late father proud

Charity founder Vashti Seth has been named Woman of Year at the Bristol and Bath Women in Business Awards.

Vashti was inspired by her late father to start micro-loan charity Deki, which helps people in developing countries start their own businesses.

Speaker after receiving the award, she said: “I was just not expecting it. When my name was called up I didn’t believe it.

“It’s amazing because we have come from such small beginnings yet we have helped 30,000 people and I’ve just won an award for Woman of the Year.

“If I’d thought about that six years ago it would have been beyond my furthest dreams. I’m very honoured.”

The awards are run by the Bristol Post and Bath Chronicle in association with UWE Bristol, which was one of Deki’s early backers.

Vashti, from St Werburgh’s, explained why she started the charity.

“My dad passed away and he left me about £2,000,” she said. “I’m one of seven children and I felt like he gave them something personal and not me, but then he gave me this money and I didn’t know what to do with it.

“He had sponsored a girl called Deki who was a Tibetan refugee. I went to visit her in India and she just had nothing. I made the decision then that I needed to help people in that situation and micro finance seemed the best way of doing it.

“So I set Deki up in her name.

“During the day to day I can almost forget the roots of where it came from but I times like this I think ‘wow, he would have been really proud’.”

The award was presented to Vashti by Dave Mason and Hannah Snell from Mentor, the category sponsor.

Read more about Vashti’s story in our Big Interview from 2015.

 Women in Business

The finalists

Lucy Ackland, Renishaw PLC


Lucy went against her school’s advice to join Rensihaw as an apprentice aged 16. She has since become a passionate advocate of women in engineering and STEM subjects, dedicating her personal time to giving talks, running workshops and more to give girls the confidence to pursue further study and a career in engineering.

Mel Bound, This Mum Runs


Mel launched This Mum Runs as a community Facebook group in late 2014 encouraging mums to get back into fitness. In 2015 she turned it into a growing business, with more than 1,300 members in Bristol alone.

Angela Hicks, North Somerset Enterprise Agency & The Hive


Angela has overseen North Somerset Enterprise Agency’s involvement in more than 3,500 business start-ups across more than two decades. She drove the creative of the Hive business centre in Weston-super-Mare.

Margaret Hook Banwell Village Pharmacy Ltd

Banwell, North Somerset

Margaret has been a pharmacist for 36 years and is devoted to patient care. She has run Banwell Pharmacy since 1997 and has done ground-breaking work identifying early signs of dementia and kidney damage in her customers.

Category sponsor: Mentor Training

A fast growing company, Mentor is a Bristol based, full-service digital agency offering media training, video production, web design and development and digital marketing.

We pride ourselves on being a one-stop shop for digital, training and creative solutions, which will enhance your organisation’s position.

Mentor Media Training’s courses are tailored to the needs of each client.

We offer bespoke sessions covering;

  • Media skills for broadcast, print and social media.
  • Crisis Communication courses, consultancy and support (including crisis resilience exercises and social media simulation using our in-house platform “Splutter”).
  • Presentation skills, including executive coaching, pitching, and personal impact. Voice coaching can be included.
  • Team Building Away Days.

Using media as the vehicle, we offer engaging, fun, away days in a choice of exclusive locations, including Westminster Live TV studios and a Somerset vineyard conference centre.

Having nearly 20 year’s expertise in the field, Mentor has an international reputation among small, medium and blue-chip customers for excellent service, delivery and supportive feedback for our clients.

Vasht Seth and Mentor

Pictured: Mentor Digital head of client services Hannah Snell, Woman of the Year Vashti Seth and Dave Mason from Mentor Training



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