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SuperAchievers Awards 2017

SuperAchievers Awards 2017 returned for its 6th year running and we're proud to reveal this year's inspirational award winners.

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SuperAchievers 2017 Winners!

We’re delighted to announce the winners of our SuperAchievers Awards 2017!
Congratulations to all the winners, finalists on their achievement, and thank you to all who took the time to nominate and vote in this year’s awards.



WINNER: Entrepreneur of the Year

Emily Williamson

Entrepreneurial Working Mum Wins National Award

Emily was originally nominated for SuperAchievers Working Mum of the Year but as we read her entry, we felt her entrepreneurial spirit shone through and deserved some recognition. We’re now delighted to announce that Emily has won SuperAchievers Entrepreneur of the Year 2017! Here is her story...

Emily is mum to two children aged 11 and 7 years. Since her first child was born Emily used baby carriers. She recognised a need in the market for a wider variety of products for different needs and there began her entrepreneurial career as a babywearing expert and consultant.

After attending various courses to position herself as an Expert in her field, Emily founded the South London Sling Library in 2011. She now employs a handful of other enthusiastic mums to help grow the business. Emily has managed much of the business setup single-handedly and worked tirelessly whenever she could find the time to manage everything. She also embarked on a degree with the Open University focusing on Child Psychology, Child Development and Business Management to support and enhance her work. She has pioneered making Carrying Consultancy a viable and respected career option – taking what was previously a very low paid industry into a more public and recognised profession.

Through her passion and determination to succeed and help others she has now delivered training to businesses and healthcare professionals. She is also regularly invited to talk at seminars and national baby shows to raise awareness of the benefits of carrying, where she can offer professional advice and guidance, and there was still more to come.

Through the knowledge learnt and her experience Emily sought to develop and manufacture her own carrier and bring it to market. She recognised her limitations in launching a new product but with her connections made through her consultancy and training she was able to link up with a national distributor of baby products who have supported her vision and gone into partnership to develop and launch the Izmi brand.

Emily is passionate about helping and supporting other parents as they go through all the struggles of becoming a parent. She has thrived on creating a challenging career that has grown through her own creativity and expertise. The business reputation has grown through word of mouth and all the positive feedback from families she’s helped.

Aside from managing her busy professional and family life Emily has faced personal challenges. She has struggled with her own mental health issues, her son has ADHD and dyslexia and she separated from her husband. When you combine all these factors together; managing family life, offering her consultancy services and launching a new product to market, Emily’s dedication and determination to succeed are inspirational.


Lucy Brazier commented: “Emily has recognised a gap in the market, created new products, educated herself as well as others, has achieved tangible results and has emerged as a thought leader in her field despite considerable adversity. Her story is truly inspirational.”

Emily received many commendations from the judging panel with fellow entrepreneur Claire Barratt commenting “Emily has shown amazing entrepreneurial skills. Not only in developing her business but in developing her own self through a degree, all this while being a mother. As an entrepreneur myself, I know to be “entrepreneurial” is characterised by the taking of financial risks in the hope of profit. The risks Emily has taken much outweigh any financial risk – she’s taken personal risk through taking these leaps while facing personal challenges, all of which to me are inspirational and very entrepreneurial.”

The Prizes!

Winners not only gain International recognition - they will also be presented with:

  • A prestigious SuperAchievers Award
  • A cash prize of £500 to help them on their way to achieving their goals!
  • A distance learning training course (courtesy of Pitman Training Group)

PLUS: There will be special prizes will be awarded to winners of individual categories, including:

  • A 1-to-1 mentoring call with Claire Barratt and the creation of ClaireaBella character of the winner, for this year's Working Mum of the Year.
  • A 1 hour personal impact review with Jennifer Corcoran - 'Brand YOU' which will review the LinkedIn profile and personal branding of PA of the Year Winner.
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The Judging Panel

We’re pleased to introduce our SuperAchievers Judging Panel. Click below to find out more about them.

Lucy Brazier

Lucy Brazier

Lucy works with the best trainers of Executive Assistants from around the world to deliver the most up to date and current training in the market.

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Claire Barrat

Claire Barratt

With passion, determination and a lot of long hours Claire has developed an award winning brand with retail sales over £2m per annum, from a £30 loan and an evening crafting at her kitchen table.

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John Adams

John Adams

Winner of 'Best UK Dad Blog', John combines raising his two daughters with running Dadbloguk.com and regularly comments in national media on how men struggle to achieve work/life balance.

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Jennifer Corcoran

Jennifer Corcoran

Where so many are vying to be visible, Jennifer Corcoran, our SuperAchievers 'PA of the Year' in 2016 and London PA Awards 'Most Networked PA' has become a commodity in demand.

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Diane Rose

Diane Rose

Director of Membership and Assessment, at the CPD Standards Office: A global accreditation service who campaign nationally for excellence in lifelong training and actively promote CPD across all industry sectors.

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