A WOMAN who has developed a company with an annual turnover of £3 million after initially being rejected for finance by three High Street banks has spoken of her success before an audience of Banbury business women.
Vivienne Cudahy of Deddington-based Auteur is the exclusive UK distributor of the Waterbobble – a reusable bottle that filters water as you drink – to 1,700 stockists including Harvey Nichols, Boots, Waitrose and Next.
And last Wednesday she shared the secrets of her success at the Banbury Women In Business Awards and Conference after scooping the New Business award at last year’s event.
She said: “I talked about my journey and some of the difficulties I encountered along the way, as well as the positives. I just hope other people can learn something from my experiences.”
She added that one of the most important things in business is having a good attitude. “If you’re passionate and willing to learn that really goes a long way,” she said.
The Banbury Women in Business Awards celebrate the achievements of women who contribute to business in the Banbury area. Organised by Banbury & District Chamber of Commerce, Spratt Endicott, Natwest, Maze PR and Think Big Training, the awards welcomed nominees from businesses within a 30-mile radius of Banbury.
Jayne Lees of Banbury & District Chamber of Commerce and Spratt Endicott said: “This year’s awards were a huge success and the delegates have given excellent feedback on the speakers, the location and the format of the event. We look forward to an even more successful 2013.”
The awards saw a record number of entries for the six categories.
The winners were:
l Green Award, Lisa Kershaw of Spot-Less Professional Valeting
l New Business, Claire Dumbrek of Propel Technology
l Established Business, Kim Bendzak of Apple Construction Training
l Inspirational Woman within a business, Nadiya Virani-Bland of Brethertons
l Inspirational Woman Business Owner, Kim Bendzak of Apple Construction Training;
l Young Entrepreneur, Kainat Tariq of Inkedin.
Other speakers at the event included Dr Isabella Moore of the Women’s Enterprise Policy Group, Stuart Miller of Bybox, Sally Dicketts of Oxford and Cherwell Valley College and Emma Forbes of Maze PR.