7 Inspiring Success Stories from FL National Awards Alumni

We are very proud of our members at FL. They are women who are empowering teams, creating innovative products, challenging and breaking glass ceilings and uplifting communities across the entire UK.

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These women are just like you but if there’s one instantly recognisable characteristic all these incredible women share, it’s resilience. They are resilient, optimistic and it’s their optimism that keeps them going when others would have given up.

They don’t let their success get to their heads neither do they allow failure to define them. They own their success and so can you.

Here are 7 incredibly inspiring #FLNationalAwards stories to help inspire your own success. 

1. Meet the Mom of Five & the Outstanding Business Woman of the Year 2018

Lara Oyesanya once left her home country Nigeria to pursue her career dreams in the UK. Last year, her impressive achievements were crowned by being awarded the Forward Ladies Outstanding Business Woman of the Year 2018. Meet Klarna’s legal counsel and director who always strives for greatness, as well as helping others to grow. Read more here


2. Ready, Set, Innovate! The Success Story Of Susanna Lawson, OneFile

Susanna Lawson worked in the health and social care sector and witnessed huge inefficiencies in the training delivery models which drove her to develop OneFile, the leading e-portfolio software in the education sector. Susanna is also the overall winner of The Forward Ladies National Awards 2017, so we caught up with her for a quick chat to see what’s the secret to her success. Read more here


3. Say YES! And Make it Happen

Imagine your product stocked in department stores across the world – Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Bloomingdales. Imagine your product being used by celebrities from Instagram “It Girls” to TV stars. Imagine your product featured in glossy magazines such as Vogue, Elle and Hello! Well, Rebecca McCann doesn’t have to imagine any of this – it’s her reality. Read more here 


4. Meet the Woman who Went From £0 to £21 Million

Clare Brophy started Companion Stairlifts in 2003 with the hope that her passion for excellence would help her take on the industry’s big hitters. Fast forward 13 years and you’ll see she managed to do that and then some! After a hugely successful partnership with Age UK (contributing over £8 million) and a merger with Handicare Group (a large multi-national), the company is on target to achieve £21 million in turnover this year. Read more here 


5. Nurse to Award Winning Businesswoman

Back in 2000, Jan Flawn set up P J Care based on her commitment to providing specialised, high-quality care to vulnerable residents with complex needs. Her decision to step away from nursing to become an entrepreneur – so she could offer the best care possible – was recognised in 2014 when Jan was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. She’s also the winner of our SME Business of the Year – Growth Award, so we caught up with her for a quick chat to see what’s the secret to her success. Read more here 


6. The New Breed Of Entrepreneurs – Age Is Just A Number

Tricia Cusden is the founder and MD of Look Fabulous Forever – a makeup brand of online products specifically for older skin. Following careers in teaching and management training, she re-trained as a makeup artist and was 65 before starting the business. The company has a strong pro-age ethos – celebrating beauty in older faces, and aims to give older women confidence about their age and appearance. Read more here 


7. From Farmyard To A Multi-Million Business

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When Sally set up Sally’s Cottages, a holiday cottage agency, she had just £1,000 to invest in it. The company now looks after 425 cottages and took £6.5million worth of bookings last year. Her role changes from year to year which keeps things fresh and she loves the Lake District where she is based. Read more here 


The mother of all awards is officially back!

Celebrating all women in business across the UK, this UK wide competition is open to established leaders, corporate leaders, male agents of change, rising stars and the companies that support women.

It is your time to be celebrated so stop telling yourself you are not worthy!

You are already a winner and winning this prestigious award will most certainly be the icing on the cake!


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