Enter the Business Mums Conference Awards

•September 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Winning an award for your business has to be the best feeling. When you run your own business you rarely get external acknowledgement and an award makes all the difference. It can help you gain all sorts of publicity, and builds customer trust.

Whether you have yet to win an award for your business, or you have won already and know just how powerful an award win can be, why not enter this years’ BusinessMums Conference Awards?

Entering is simple. Don’t panic about your style or grammar: we’re looking for inspiring businesses run by committed mums who are making a success of their enterprise. The more detail you supply the more able we will be to make a good decision. Please include supporting material as appropriate:

  • Media coverage
  • Customer testimonials
  • Images

Send in your entry by 17th September. The panel of judges is headed by What’s On 4’s award winning founder Sam Willoughby, Lynette Allen of The Womens Coaching Company together with Nicky Chisholm, Suzanne Borrell, and Antonia Chitty.

Click here to enter the awards http://www.businessmumsconference.co.uk/awards.php


Best ‘business start up’ award – for businesses within
their first two years.

Sponsored by Create.net

Sponsored by Create.Net

Best ‘growing business’ award – for businesses two
years and older.

Sponsored by The Womens Coaching Company

Sponsored by The Womens Coaching Company

Click here to enter the awards

The winner of each award WILL WIN:

arrow Media coverage of their win in:

  • Sussex Life
  • Mums Inc
  • ABC Magazine
  • Startups.co.uk
  • FamilyFriendlyWorking.co.uk

arrow 1 year membership of the Mumpreneurs’ Networking Club

arrow A Make-Over including Makeup, manicure and pedicure by Anita Smith of Brighton Beauty – http://www.brightonbeauty.co.uk

arrow A personal Style session from Helen Reynold, Style Step Consultant and Sarah Greg Green House Clothes Consultant. More about this prize

arrow A coaching session with Lynette Allen of the Women’s Coaching Company.

arrow In addition the winner of the Best Start up Business will win a Website Consultation session courtesy of Create.net.

arrow And the winner of the Best Growing Business will win £250 worth of Advertising with the What’s On 4 Group.



1. To be nominated for an award you must be a mum and own your own business.
2. You may nominate yourself or someone else.
3. Judges and relatives of the judges may not enter.
4. To enter you must be able to attend the BusinessMums Conference on October 5th in Brighton.
5. Shortlisted entries and winners will be announced at the BusinessMums Conference on October 5th in Brighton.
6. Award entries may be submitted until midnight 17th September.
7. Businesses in their first two years of trading may enter the best business start up category. All other businesses will be judged in the ‘growing business’ category.
8. There will be a shortlist of three finalists for each category.


Each finalist will win a selection of signed business books from Antonia Chitty and Startups.co.uk


Click here to enter the awards http://www.businessmumsconference.co.uk/awards.php

New Review: Down’s Syndrome

•June 21, 2010 • 1 Comment

Sharon of I live for Glitter has reviewed my latest book co-written with Victoria Dawson. Sharon is the mum to a 5 year old girl with Down’s Syndrome, so her review is really important: if we get it right for Sharon, we have hopefully got it right for other parents. Sharon writes,

“Recently, a good friend of mine, Elaine from Littlesheep Learning wrote a short review of this book on her blog. I asked her whether she would be able to let me have a copy to look at and review, and instead she put me in touch with Antonia Chitty (one of the authors) who I have had previous contact with via a parenting forum we both used to use.

I have to say, I was not holding out much hope that this book would actually offer an “Essential Guide” (sorry Antonia – being honest here!). As a mother of a 5yr old with Down syndrome I have read various books over the years, and have not found that many that I would be happy to recommend to others, in fact I normally refer people to the booklets from the Down Syndrome Education Trust (http://www.downsed.org) rather than suggesting a book to read as a new parent.

However, I have to apologise to Antonia, as I thought that this book was excellent. Ok, it did not teach me anything new, but this is because I am 5 years down the line and someone who reads about DS on a regular basis. I do think, however, that the book is a great guide for anyone following a new diagnosis.

It covers a range of topics – antenatal testing, feelings post diagnosis, health concerns, early years, education, family life and more. It gives practical suggestions for things to make your life easier, and a fantastic list of support resources and websites at the back of the book. I could not think of anyone that I would normally recommend that had been missed off the list.

I was worried that the book would not be factually correct or might have used out of date information (again sorry for this Antonia – its just from experience of other books, not of your writing!) but again I need not have worried. The Down’s Syndrome Association have obviously been involved throughout the writing of this book, as have parents of children with DS.

I felt that the tone was reassuring but also realistic, for instance it says that children with DS benefit from speech therapy throughout their lives but that you have to be persistant to get the level that they need. Tell me about it! this is the story of my life 😉 hours and hours spent trying to increase speech therapy provision.

The book is available to buy now.

Full Programme and Speakers Announced for BusinessMums Conference

•June 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Mums with Businesses have the chance to learn from an amazing speaker lineup at the BusinessMums Conference 2010 which takes place in Brighton later this year. After keynote speaker Annabel Karmel, attendees can listen to Mel McGee, author of Millionaire Mumpreneurs who explains how to Stop Marketing – Start Engaging.

Breakout sessions include:

  • Get Started! Invaluable advice on how to set up your own business by Julia Chanteray, Channel 4 business expert
  • Get Out of Your Rut! Ongoing business development. How to keep up the momentum and revolutionise your business practices by Carmen MacDougall of The VA Coaching and Training Company
  • Get Noticed! Branding and brand promotion by author and award winning entrepreneur Mumpreneur Guide Antonia Chitty of ACPR
  • Get Confident! Robyn Hatley, coach, Mums the Business

The afternoon starts with a Case Study, “Business Stripped Bare” – hear how Jo Wise’s started a new service to beat the recession. Get Social with Nikki Backshall of Webmums who shows how Harnessing the Power of Online Networking can get your name out there. This is followed by a panel discussion and your chance to question Sophie Cornish of NOTHS, Sam Willoughby of WhatsOn4 and Alex Stone of Just too Busy

The Business Mums’ Conference 2010 will help you get inspired and learn skills to develop their business. Book at earlybird rates until 30th June. For more about The Business Mums’ Conference 2010, see www.businessmumsconference.co.uk

6 Tips to help you Start or Grow Your Blog

•June 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I love blogging and it has made an enormous difference to my business. It has allowed me to reach far more mums interested in flexible work, self employment and running a business. I know, though, that not everyone finds blogging easy and want to share some tips for blogging success.

  1. If you want to blog but are unsure where to start, try Erica Douglas’s Mum Blogger eBook. The first of its kind it takes you step by step through creating a fabulous blog.
  2. Slot in time each week to blog rather than waiting until you feel like it.
  3. Spend an evening brainstorming everything you might blog about so you can start writing as soon as you sit down.
  4. Try allocating different types of post to different days – a ‘photo-post’ day, a competition day, a product review day etc.
  5. If you have a blog but aren’t getting the comments and visitors that you’d like, the Mum Blogger eBook really comes into its own. It shows you hundreds of ideas for attracting readers and making your posts into ones that get comments.
  6. If you can’t face blogging, let me and my team of writers blog for you! I can usually double the number of targeted visitors to a site by providing keyword-rich content.

We have a great offer for you on the Mum Blogger eBook. Get 20% off with the code ANTONIA20. Follow the link below to buy.
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Offer for Wedding Businesses: 1/3 OFF Today Only

•May 27, 2010 • Leave a Comment

If you run a wedding business, did you know that media coverage could be worth thousands of pounds to your business? And if you do your own PR you can get your products seen by brides-to-be who are looking for just what you offer?

Make sure that writing and sending press releases and quick updates about your business is a regular part of your business promotion. And to make it easier, use the Wedding Media Contacts database, which puts details for all the leading national and regional wedding magazines and websites at your fingertips.

The database is usually £150, but for today only get it for £97. Offer expired Midnight 27 May 2010. Click here to buy the Wedding Media Contacts database now.

Booking Antonia Chitty as a Speaker?

•May 25, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Sandra Jarvis of www.girlsnightoutealing.co.ukand www.wishclub4women.co.uk came to a recent event with Antonia Chitty and says, “Thank you so much for your presentation today at the Harrow Business & Networking Fair, you really helped me to connect the dots on how to raise my company’s profile and you did it so eloquently and effortlessly”.

No Regrets Say Parents

•May 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

A new survey for Family Friendly Working and mumandworking to launch the mumandworking Awards shows that parents are leaving the world of employment despite seeing the family income fall. The survey also shows that parents prize time with the family and flexible hours over job security and the amount they earn when choosing a job.

80% of parents have changed their working pattern since having children. The main reason parent change the way they work is to spend more time with the family. Just over half of parents explained that their priorities have changes, while nearly 3 in 10 found that their work hours didn’t fit the childcare available, and 3 in 20 found that it was financially no longer worth working due to the cost of childcare. Overwhelmingly, parents are happy with the choice they have made. Not one respondent wished they had never resigned, while 4 in 10 say that is has been the best decision they ever made, and nearly 6 in 10 describe the experience as ‘hard at times but worth it’.

Only 43% of parents who responded are now employed with the rest self employed, seeking work, studying or taking a career break.  And only 17% are working full time. Director of mumandworking and Practical Parenting Business Parent of the Year 2007/08 Sam Willoughby says, “This shows how traditional employment patterns are no longer normal. The 2010 mumandworking awards which are supported by Sarah Beeny reward and recognise the companies and individuals that make flexible working possible and show that family-friendly employment not only supports family life but give real benefits to the companies involved.”

Changing the way you work after having children has a big financial impact – seven out of 10 families have seen a drop in income and for nearly half of those this reduction is between £10-£40k a year. Three in 10 feel they are financially ‘fine’, while four in 10 are ok most of the time but struggle sometimes. Nearly a quarter struggle financially more often than not, with just under one in 10 finding they never have enough money or even have serious debt problems.

Money is not the top priority for parents, however. When asked to list their top three priorities, time with the family came out first for a massive 17 out of 20 parents, while flexible hours were a priority for three in four. Seven in twenty prioritised how much they earn and three in ten prioritised job security. Career progression was a priority for just one in 10. Director of Family Friendly Working and Inspirational Mumpreneur of the Year 2009 Antonia Chitty says, “Employers need to take this message on board to attract and retain employees. I’m pleased to support the 2010 mumandworking awards that recognise outstanding companies and individuals who are committed to flexible and family friendly work.”

To enter the awards or nominate someone go to www.Mumandworking.co.uk. Nominations are open now and there are a range of exciting prizes for the winners.

Annabel Karmel to Share Secrets at BusinessMums Conference

•May 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

An award winning businesswoman with a multimillion pound business will share her advice at the start of the BusinessMums Conference 2010 which takes place in Brighton later this year. With a high profile, product ranges across numerous national chains, and guidance that almost every mum follows at some stage in her baby or child’s life, Annabel Karmel MBE is the symbol for long term success as a mumpreneur. Annabel Karmel’s ‘Eat Fussy’ range is the Number 1 Kids Chilled meals brand and the fastest growing year on year. She is also the author of 22 books with global book sales of over £4million. At the BusinessMums Conference Annabel will be sharing her advice for mums in business and would be mumpreneurs. Annabel Karmel is pleased to be part of the event and says, “I wish there had been a business mums conf when I was starting out. The BusinessMums Conference in October in Brighton is a unique and exciting event that celebrates the growing contribution that business mums make to the economy. It has taken me many years to build my business and I’ve learnt so much along the way. I’m looking forward to sharing my business advice and experience first hand to so many inspiring mumpreneurs along with my top tips on how to manage motherhood and a thriving company.” The Business Mums’ Conference 2010 will help women get inspired and learn skills to develop their business. At the show you will meet other mums running their own businesses, plus those thinking and planning to start up. You’ll meet people who have attended the Mumpreneurs Networking Club, those from the Mums in Biz training events and mums from across the south of England and beyond. It’s a chance to catch up with old friends, meet people you have only ever emailed or chatted to on forums, and to make new contacts. It is going to be a fun and glamorous event, with lots of practical applications for any mums who own a business. For more about The Business Mums’ Conference 2010, see http://www.businessmumsconference.co.uk For more about Annabel Karmel see http://www.annabelkarmel.com.

Nominated for a Blog Award

•April 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Quite suprisingly … this blog has been nominated for an ‘Innovative’ MAD blog award! YAY

The Mumpreneur’s Guide to Online Business Success

•April 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Online Business SuccessDo you see other people promoting their business online and want to do it too: find out how in my new e-book.

Does This Ring Any Bells?

TickYou see other people promoting their business online and want to do it too

TickYou signed up for a Twitter account but can’t really see how it will drive sales

TickYou’ve thought about blogging, but can’t get started or don’t keep it up

TickYou don’t really see how a blog will add business anyway

TickYou’d love to have a list of thousands to mail your latest offers to, but don’t know how to get the right people on your list

TickYou’ve been promoting your business online for a while but have yet to see results

TickYou’re fed up with tweeting or blogging and are starting to wonder whether it is worth it.

Follow this link to get the help you need in a free-to-download, easy to follow workbook.