Women in Business Award 2015: Meet the finalists

Who are the female entrepreneurs behind six outstanding companies chosen to contend this year's prize? Find out here...

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There are over a million small and mid-sized businesses majority-led by women in the UK. The figure represents around 20% of the total business population and the companies contribute around £75bn of economic output.

A further 38% of small and mid-sized businesses have female directors. And the number of women starting businesses is rising, which can only be a good thing for the UK economy which for centuries has been dominated by businesses led by men.

This is why we have an award that celebrates successful female entrepreneurs and among our six finalists we may yet find the next Holly Tucker MBE, Cath Kidston MBE, or Sophi Tranchell MBE. 


Family-run raw pet food company which uses human-grade meat, vegetables and superfoods to create its products for cats and dogs. In less than two years with no funding, it has grown to a seven-figure turnover and 26 staff.

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A beauty e-commerce platform which showcases over 30 independent beauty brands. Selling through its online channel and over 400 trained ‘Stylists’, the boasts a 21% customer return rate and recently secured $1.8m to “accelerate growth”.

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Tropic Skincare

A natural, vegan skincare business founded by Apprentice contestant Susan Ma with Lord Alan Sugar as partner. The brand’s products, which are all made in Britain and are cruelty-free, have created a multi-million turnover company.

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The video collaboration platform founded by Emily Forbes enables companies to collaborate with fans, employees, experts, and influencers to create unique video experiences utilising users’ smartphone clips. Started in January 2014, it already names the BBC, Camelot, and O2 among its clients.

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Swoon Editions

E-tailer selling craftsman-made furniture at low-cost prices. By launching just four new designs every day in a limited quantity to its customers, the business has seen triple digit growth and now has 58 employees working across London, India, China and Vietnam. 

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The maker of award-winningly comfortable knickers, cheekfrills’ founders Katie Canvin and Lily Fortescue spent six years in R&D before launching. With the option to personalise, the knickers have proved highly popular, selling in more than 200 stores around the world.

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