Women in Business Award 2016: Meet the finalists

Six inspiring female founders, one accolade. Find out which female entrepreneurs are competing for our Women in Business award...

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Aurelia Probiotic Skincare

A “BioOrganic” skincare range, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare is the brainchild of Young Gun Claire Velo, who quit her corporate job to follow her business dream. It was worth the risk, and the brand is now stocked with the likes of of Net-a-Porter, Liberty London and Space NK.

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Founded by Becky Downing, this comparison site creates a digital inventory of all the contents in your home, giving you a real-time valuation of everything you own. Tapping into the £1bn removals market and £10bn insurance industry, just last August, it secured £6m in super-seed funding led by White Mountains Insurance Group.

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Shaking up the beauty and direct selling industries, MyShowcase gives over 56 independent beauty brands a route to market with sales via its online platform and its network of over 1,400 trained direct sellers. Founded by Nancy Cruickshank, the brand enjoyed growth of 55% from 2014 to 2015.

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Pip & Nut

Offering a range of almond nut butters, Pip & Nut was founded by marathon enthusiast Pip Murray. The brand’s high protein spreads are devoid of refined sugars and palm oil, as well as e-numbers, preservatives and additives. Fast becoming a health food favourite, the brand recently started exporting to Ireland and achieved 500% growth on 2015.

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Primal Pantry

Founded by nutritionist Suzie Walker, Primal Pantry make paleo-friendly bars. Originally launching with just three flavours the brand has since extended its offering to five delicious, two brand new high-protein bars and a multi-pack format. Primal Pantry products are available in Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and Ocado (alongside independent health stores).

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This video collaboration platform enables companies to connect with fans, employees, experts, and influencers to create unique video experiences utilising users’ smartphone clips. Founded in January 2014 by Young Gun to Watch Emily Forbes, the business names the BBC, Camelot, and O2 among its clients.

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