Local Female Entrepreneur Named as Finalist in County Awards
The finalists of the first Hampshire Women’s Business Awards have been announced. The awards include eight categories that acknowledge creativity, community, business enterprise and excellent service.
Bay Leaves Larder, which is run by Sarah Guilder and based in Chandlers Ford has been named as a finalist in Beautiful Bricks and Mortar Business. Sarah explains more about her business: "Bay Leaves Larder is a delicatessen, community store and coffee shop on Hiltingbury Road in Chandlers Ford providing a friendly, personal service. We stock and serve a wide selection of fresh, local, organic, gluten free and fairtrade products. We are also a local craft gin specialist.
Our light and airy coffee shop offers fresh ethically sourced coffee, speciality flavoured teas, breakfasts, light lunches, freshly made pizza, after school specials and delicious homemade cakes. Eat in or take away. Fully licensed, offering gin, prosecco, wine, beer and cider.
Create a personal present for someone special with our bespoke hamper and food gift service. Choose from a hamper or a pretty jute Bay Leaves Larder bag, and make your selection from our tempting products. We stock a huge variety of Hampshire Fare and Guild of Fine Food 'Great Taste' award-winning foods along with local craft gins and ales."
In total more than 100 businesses from around the county were nominated across the eight awards. The Awards are being organised by Trudy Simmons who runs the Hampshire Women’s Business Facebook group.
She said: “Female entrepreneurs need to be celebrated – as women we do not shout about our achievements enough. I would like to congratulate all our finalists. Each one of them demonstrates exceptional work ethic, excellent service and a great business mind. I have been so pleased with how many entries we received and how many votes were cast.
It just shows the number of amazing business women we have across Hampshire and the amount of support and community there is among female entrepreneurs. It’s going to be very exciting to see who wins each award.”
The Awards night, which is a sold-out event, will take place on Saturday 17 November 2018.