Enterprising young women at UWL win top prizes

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Enterprising young women from UWL won prizes for their business skills in a recent awards ceremony at the Trailfinders sports club. The Women in Business initiative is part of Young Enterprise’s Start Up programme, backed by General Electric, and works to encourage more women to set up a business. The competition is the first step towards the real world of business UWL Women in Business award winnersand entrepreneurship at the University of West London; the Career University.The students set up teams of at least two and came up with an idea and a business plan. They then marketed and sold their products to the public at trade fairs such as the Ealing Broadway trade fair in January.

Workshops were run for the budding entrepreneurs to help them build up their business and employability skills. They covered subjects including branding, public speaking and start-up finance.

The competition and awards ceremony saw the business of the year win £5000 and the businesswoman of the year £1500. Those battling it out for the top prize were X-Clusive Treats, who make cakes, cookie bouquet cards and exotic desserts; Chadeton Design, who fashion couture garments for elegant women with a high quality finish; and The Nambuco Experience, who source 100% Brazilian hair and sell it in its rawest form for hairpieces and wigs.

The Nambuco Experience made a clean sweep of the top awards, winning both business of the year and businesswoman of the year for Buki Ajimobi. The company also won Best Presentation, while Chadeton Designs got the prize for Most Innovative Product.