FIVE Moray women have been recognised for their outstanding achievements in business at an award ceremony recently.
The winners of the Moray Business Women Annual Awards were announced at the Stotfield Hotel in Lossiemouth on Friday.
Iona Leigh Housby, of Findhorn Flower Essences, took home the evening’s top honour after being named Business Woman of the Year.
The business, which was founded by her late mother Marion Leigh over three decades ago, inspires change and wellbeing through holistic products and services which includes flower essences, aromatherapy mists, flower essence therapy and educational courses.
Iona, who is now at the helm of the company while also helping run her husband’s firm Housby Motors, said: “Winning the Moray Business Women of the Year award was such a shockingly wonderful surprise.
“I’ve been involved in the family business since I began bottling and labelling in the kitchen with Mum from the age of eight.
“Three years ago, mum passed away suddenly and I really didn’t know how I would manage the business as my youngest of three kids was just a few months old.
“However, as Andy, my husband also has a business, he offered to support me with the kids and home life.
“Fast forward through two lockdowns and the Brexit nightmare – it’s a miracle we are doing so well with our international export business.
“This award means so much to me, and I feel mum smiling down.”
Glynis Smith of V Fitness and Nutrition took home the award for Emerging Business of the Year while Sarah Holmes of Elgin based business Pencil Me In took home the Established Business of the Year award.
Helen Smith of Byres Farm was awarded Most Enterprising Business of the Year.
While Moray Business Woman President Alison Read was recognised as Member of Inspiration which is an award voted for by members.
Alison described it as a “huge honour” and thanked her fellow members for voting for her.
“In 2018, I was one of only two members that were nominated for this award,” she said.
“Although I didn’t win, being nominated by others was incredibly moving.
“Ever since I have encouraged members to recognise the achievements of others and celebrate their successes.
“This year, no fewer than 17 members were nominated by their peers for the Member of Inspiration Award, of which five went on to be shortlisted.
“That generosity, to nominate another businesswoman, really reflects the positive, uplifting spirit of the club.”
She added: “I wish to congratulate all of the finalists and the winners and wish them every success as we ahead towards a new year in business.”
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