SMBN Awards 2020

The 2020 National Winners of the Single Mums Business Network Awards have been announced!

When you are in work, you are appraised and your hard work can be rewarded with a pay rise or employee of the month star! and when you are in university you are marked on your effort and understanding by way of certificates and qualifications. Awards are so important in the world of self-employment as without them you can feel like all the blood, sweat and tears behind the scenes are mostly unrecognised. The only downside of awards is that there is only one winner per category! which makes it even tougher to get formal recognition for your work, and that is why this year we have some 2nd tier winners, who have Highly Commended Accolade Awards, they were so close to the top, and they get everything but a prize!

The nominations were SO strong. As with a university essay, if you want to win you have to pour your heart out, normally with at least a page or two of behind the scenes information about your personal and professional journey and why you deserve to win, it is a heartfelt plea for external judges to ‘see’ you, and let other people know that you are working SO hard! Congratulations to all of you who are winners, highly commended accolade award winners and finalists this year! The 2021 nominations open on November 29th and will be celebrated at the next National Conference for Single Mums Business in October 2021!

Please take a look at our winners below, the judges comments, and the gallery of pictures that will be updated daily as award pictures come in! Thank you to the sponsors and prize sponsors who will be celebrated alongside the award winners for the next 12 months! (prize ceremony on-line on 21st November 2020).

WINNERS 2020 – Photo’s to be replaced with trophy pics!

The winner of the ‘Digital Innovation’ Award is Zoe Desmond of ‘Frolo’, an app that connects single parents throughout the UK.

A luxury skincare hamper prize has been donated for the Digital Innovation Award winner by Streetpin, a 21st Century Community Pinboard

The winner of the ‘Best Networker’ Award is Kirstie Preece, who is an official network leader for Omni and the SMBN Gloucestershire and she cross networks and sign-posts to help many people. Photograph by Tammy Lynn Photography

The Family Network have sponsored the ‘Best Networker Category’

The winner of the ‘Instagram Influencer’ Award is Tanya Smith, who engages with positivity! and shares information and advice to help others. Tanya’s Healthy Living Website

The winner of the ‘Legal SMiB of the Year’ is Rebecca, who juggles her legal career with being a Rapid Transformational Therapist.

The Single Mum in Law category is sponsored by Link-Legal Solutions Ltd, a Paralegal Law Firm specialising in Corporate Law

The winner of the ‘Best Blog’ goes to Helen, Michelle and Christian for thier incredible work with the #shecan365 campaign

The winner of the ‘Gingerbread Group Leader of the Year’ goes to Sherisha Richards. Who volunteers so much time and energy to other single parents who need somewhere to turn.

The winner of the ‘Mentor of the Year’ category is Herman Stewart. The Awards not only celebrate Single Mums but those who help us by helping others.

Herman Stewart is a businessman, mentor, author, speaker, podcast host and much more.

He is an ambassador and champion for mentoring everywhere.

The winner of the ‘Family Employer of the Year’ Category is Laura Callahan of Willow HR She has a full team of mums working flexible around childcare responsibilites.

The winner of the ‘Acing Adversity’ Award is Danielle Fletcher from Learn Digital with Danielle

Neesie has sponsored the ‘Acing Adversity’ Category

The winner of the ‘Super start-up’ Award is Nehaya Zitawi of Hiya’s Healing

The winner of the ‘Community Champion’ Award is Genny Jones, Accountancy Trainer and Happiness and Wellbeing Consultant

The winner of the ‘Best Collaborator’ Award is Catherine Gladwyn, who share s insight and advice to help others

The winner of the ‘Multimixer of the Year’ Award is Samantha Poole, who has so many branches take a look at her site

The winner of the ‘Excellence in Customer Care’ is Lisa Berry of Cheeky Little Prints


For those of yo who ‘nearly’ won a prize! Congratulations, you are outstanding! Chel Dowdie, Julia Hallewell, Tayntons, Monahans, Lidia Peto, Shannon Andrews, Jane Scanlan, Michelle Molyneux, Claire Harris, Tanya Gebhardt and Nathania Atkinson. Your pictures to celebrate this award will be added to the gallery below as they come in!

And finally to the FINALISTS! You are still absolute champions as hundeds applied for these awards and only some of you made it as finalists. Celebrate! You’re amazing! and send me your pics to add in the gallery with links below! Mel, Anne, Gemma, Claire, Aian, Jess and Annika x

Special Award – Friend of the SMBN

When I set-up the Single Mums Business Network in 2019 – it was intended to be exclusively for single mums – not to exclude anybody but just to do what it said on the tin, support single mums in business. I was quite literally blown away when a member of my network asked if she could join, despite not being a single mum. She just wanted to support the network, without any gain; and so the ‘Friends of the SMBN’ was born. ‘Friends’ get exposure to their businesses on the website and mag, but are otherwise essentially ‘silent partners’! And I / we appreciate them all. Infact there are no words to say how much I appreciate them and their support. But on top of that, in the last year, one friend of the SMBN has really stood out! we met on Twitter! and immediately realised that we were both all about supporting each other and collaboration rather than competition. She came to the National SMBN Conference from Liverpool (7 hour round trip and some!), and then she just kept going. Her joining as a member was more than enough, but she consistently signposted, retweeted, shared, promoted, clapped, applauded, celebrated, collaborated, and encouraged, and quite literally blew my mind all over again. There was no way that I was going to let this go unrecognised, so without having to be nominated or nominate herself, I awarded Marie Hall, of Empowerment House. Best friend of the SMBN for 2020. I hope she puts that award somewhere she always sees it, so if ever she’s having a tough day or doubting what a difference she makes, she remembers how incredible, appreciated and loved she is. It was a no brainer to invite her to be my partner for the ‘Find Your Power Event 2021’. Ladies, we find power in each other, we are more powerful to make positive change when we work together. She is now a lifetime honorary friend of the SMBN, and truly an angel, who deserves her wings. Thank you Marie, and thank you Empowerment House 🙏💞

End note. When life starts you off with hard knocks, you can either be a lover or a fighter. Please be a lover. Kindness is the greatest wealth you will ever know. Jules x

To Sponsor the SMBN 2021 Awards please see Sponsorship Page

The Prize ceremony is November 21st 2020, after which sponsors will be featured alongside winner for 12 months.

Thank you to the following individuals and companies that have either sponsored a category or donated a prize for one of our 2020 award winners:

A 2-night stay in any Jupiter Hotel

Ellen from Link Legal has donated a prize of Tea for Two at the Ritz

Kidstart has donated an Annual Membership as a prize

Nancy Mac Clothing have donated a £100 clothes voucher to redeem on their stunning site:

West Midland Safari Park Entry

Robe from Dunelm

Sharon Kearns has donated  €100 voucher as a prize for

Alison of Peritia Ltd has donated a free 1-1 Coaching Session

Spa Day

Zeezi’s Photography have donated a corporate photoshoot

and a couple more to be annouced. You still have time to donate! Contact me!

Thank you to all the nominees, sponsors, judges, and my own support network for helping me sustain what I have created. The SMBN. Much love. Jules x