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Search on to find UK's best female-run start up of the year

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 17 September 2018 14:37

Search on to find UK's best female-run start up of the year

The search is on to find the UK’s Female Start-Up of the Year 2018.

The high-profile award is designed to highlight the valuable contribution made by entrepreneurial women to the UK economy.

Former winners include the female founders of a digital training network for women returning to work, a national running network for mums and a social enterprise aimed at tackling global period poverty.

The award will be announced at the Bristol-based Festival of Female Entrepreneurs - a day-long event on 19 October organised by small business support network Enterprise Nation.

Last year, former Olympic hopeful Joy Foster picked up the accolade.

Since winning the award, Joy has gone on to raise £100,000 in investment for her firm, Tech Pixies, which helps women returning to work learn modern tech skills.

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Other winners include Mel Bound (pictured), who set up national running group This Mum Runs, and Chloe Tingle, who runs social enterprise No More Taboo.

Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, said: “These awards recognise the women who are working hard to build and grow excellent businesses that will have a significant impact, not just on the British economy, but on their lives and the lives of their family.

“Often women are so busy building and getting on with it, that they rarely seek recognition, let alone celebrate their own very tangible success. These awards are designed to do exactly that. We can’t wait to see those entries pouring in.”

To enter, the business must be female-founded, less than three-years-old and have a maximum of 10 employees. The closing date for entries is September 28.

To apply or nominate someone, visit For tickets to the festival, visit

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