Local entrepreneur recognised for making a powerful contribution to society, the economy and communities
11 JANUARY 2021: Rachel Hayward from Burton upon Trent and Derby has been named as one of the UK’s most 100 inspirational female entrepreneurs by Small Business Britain’s f:Entrepreneur ‘#ialso100’ campaign.
Rachel who founded Ask the Chameleon Ltd, a business consultancy specialising in writing funding, tenders and business award applications in 2015 is being showcased alongside 100 female entrepreneurs from across the UK, as part of the campaign’s recognition of the multi-achievements of women that have proved critical to society during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now in its fourth year, f:Entrepreneur was launched in 2017 to highlight amazing female role models to help and inspire all small businesses, through content, stories and events. It particularly aims to showcase trailblazing female entrepreneurs that lead small businesses alongside a roster of other responsibilities, such as volunteering, mentoring and community support, activities
Indeed, Rachel was also called out for her support of clients in securing £12m in funding to date, alongside prestigious awards including Queen’s Awards, Chamber of Commerce, Small Business 100, to help small businesses to gain exposure and new business.
From beekeepers to PPE, tech entrepreneurs to pole-dance-enthusiasts, this year’s campaign celebrates inspiring and resilient female entrepreneurs that have flourished despite Covid-19, with many still growing or starting new ventures.
On being listed in the #ialso100, Rachel said: “I am so proud and honoured to be part of an amazing group of female national entrepreneurs, who always go above and beyond for their teams, clients and business communities. I’d like to share this award with all the women who have supported me in my own business, without them in this year in particular, life would have been very challenging.”
Rachel added “I also want to use this award to shine a strong spotlight on the support we can offer through The Swap Shop – the free skills and services swapping platform I created with Huub and think3 to help more businesses and charities get through Covid19. This latest lockdown is another mountain to climb and the help we can give through The Swap Shop perfectly embodies the #ialso campaign”.
Both f:Entrepreneur and Small Business Britain were founded by Michelle Ovens CBE, who is also the director of Small Business Saturday UK.
“Congratulations to all the inspiring women chosen to join this year’s #ialso100,” said Michelle Ovens. “Despite the significant obstacles thrown at them in the last year, female entrepreneurship continues to grow and flourish. We need to continue, and increase, our support for these incredible women and celebrate their amazing strength and success in the face of huge challenges.”
“We have seen so many women embracing change, generating and exploring new ideas, rallying around their communities and supporting their peers. This resilience is hugely valuable and will set them up for success as they will be at the very heart of the UK’s recovery.”
To see the full list of the 100 amazing women featured in this year’s f:entrepreneur #ialso100 campaign visit https://f-entrepreneur.com/fentrepreneur-100/