Finalist in category Entrepreneur of the Year - Specsavers everywoman in Retail Awards 2010.
Carly and Sharon reflect on the awards ceremony in September:
We felt so honoured and privileged to be selected as a finalist in this prestigious category of the Specsavers everywoman in Retail Awards. There were several hundred applicants, and to be chosen as one of the three finalists was amazing. Running and growing Express Yourself Mums has been such a pleasure as well as challenge for both of us, and we really feel that a huge amount of this accolade is a direct result of all the support our customers and health care professionals offer us.
Carly and Sharon at the awards ceremony in September 2010.
Maxine Benson MBE Co-founder and Director of everywoman remarks, “With the UK coming out of recession, it is important to champion the women that possess the skills necessary to ensure organisations can continue to thrive. Through highlighting the female stars in the sector, these awards prove to other women that retail is a viable and rewarding career option. These are really talented finalists and we want to encourage more women to consider careers in retail.”
Lindsey Rix, Regional Director for London and South East at Santander Corporate Banking said: “Santander Corporate Banking is delighted to sponsor the everywoman Entrepreneur of the Year Award and would like to congratulate Sharon Blackstone and Carly Silver on their outstanding achievement. It is clear that Sharon and Carly have the drive and determination needed to be successful entrepreneurs and in addition, are an inspiration and role models to other enterprising young women looking to make their mark in the retail market."
The panel of judges involves a select group of women who are committed to increasing the number of women working in management roles within retail. Judges include Rose Foster, Managing Director, Hed Kandi Fashion; Kim Morton, Chair of the Fashion Retail Academy; Carrie Rubin, Director of Pentland Group; Julia Reynolds, CEO of Figleaves; Karen Barter, founder of Women in Retail; Karen Hubbard, Operations Director, Supermarkets, Asda and Sue Shipley, Partner & Head of Retail Practice at Odgers Berndston.
Dame Mary Perkins, founder of Specsavers says, “There are some excellent opportunities for women in the retail industry. Although there are not as many women in senior positions as there should be, there are many good prospects. At Specsavers, many of our stores are owned by female opticians who recognise the importance of excellent customer service and high retail standards. I congratulate all the entrants in this year’s awards – to come this far shows commitment, resourcefulness and true retail flair – each is a shining example to all women in business
Express Yourself Mums is delighted to launch our new website offering you an easier and clear shopping experience. Breastfeeding and expressing is still very much our speciality, however new product ranges include developmental baby toys, nursing and breastfeeding bras, slings and weaning products. If you need advice on any of our products do contact us and we will be happy to help. Enjoy your visit. We are currently offering Ameda Elite and Medela Lactina and Medela Symphony hospital grade breast pumps for hire and rental.