The winner of the New Business Award category, sponsored by Rothmans, in the Venus Awards for Hampshire women in business, is B Organic Skincare (www.b-organic.co.uk), based in the New Forest. Founder, Aycin Wateridge, was presented with her award by Sue Sullivan after winning the Final at an Awards Ceremony held at the Grand Café in Southampton.
Aycin set up her multi-award winning business on a shoestring budget after developing a skin cream to treat her daughter’s eczema when doctors were unable to help. She now produces a whole range of skincare products, all made locally, for adults and children. B Organic is sold nationwide and internationally, counting celebrities among its fans.
“Aycin is an inspiration to young mums looking for the courage to set up a business,” Sue Sullivan commented. “All the finalists impressed me with their drive and persistence to succeed; they have come a long way in such a short period.
“There were many excellent entries for this award for businesses under two years old and it is exciting to see that entrepreneurial businesses in Hampshire are prospering.”
The other two New Business Award finalists were: Golden Groove Entertainment (www. goldengroove.co.uk). This music agency provides music for venues in Hampshire, helps young talented musicians become established and helps charities and non-profit organisations with their events.
The Marketing Collective (www.themarketing- collective.com) helps more than 100 small and medium-sized businesses in the tourism, arts and hospitality industries to work collectively and cost-effectively, and manages the marketing campaign to promote ‘Hampshire’s Top Attractions’.
Visit www.venusawards.co.uk/southampton for more details.