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Natwest Everywoman Aphrodite Female Entrepreneur of 2015 - sponsored by Daily Mail

They've been dubbed the 'mumpreneurs' - the women who raise their families while setting up successful small businesses from home.

Today, the Mail proudly announces the winner of our first Mumpreneur Of The Year Award, in association with the NatWest Everywoman Awards, recognising business excellence in female entrepreneurs. Her story - and those of our two runners-up - will inspire you and prove that being a mother need never stand in the way of success...


Sarah Pittendrigh, 44, is the founder of Simply Bows & Chair Covers. Sarah lives in Co Durham with her farmer husband Stewart, 45, and their son, William, 16.

To call Sarah Pittendrigh remarkable is an understatement. She hasn't just launched a phenomenally successful business while raising her son as a single mum. She's also done it while twice battling cancer and also helping to nurse her dying mother-in-law.

Read more: Daily Mail Article

Awarded Most Promising UK Business in the British Chamber of Commerce Business Awards November 2012!

Simply Bows and Chair Covers Managing Director, Sarah Pittendrigh recently attended the finals of the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) Chamber Awards 2012 and was delighted to pick up the Winner's award for Most Promising UK Business!

Simply Bows and Chair Covers MD Sarah Pittendrigh Won Female Entrepreneur

Female Entrepreneur, Best Small Business 2012 (WIN Awards)

Simply Bows and Chair Covers were delighted to win the 2012 Newcomer of the Year North East Business Award

North East Business Awards 2012 Newcomer of the Year

Simply Bows and Chair Covers Won Theo Paphitis SBS

Each Sunday between 5pm and 7.30pm Theo, best known for appearing on the BBC's Dragon's Den series and being Chairman of Ryman Stationary, asks his quarter of a million followers on Twitter to send him details of their small businesses and why they deserve to be named as one of his top six of the week.

Using the hash-tag #SBS (Small Business Sunday) thousands of businesses contact Theo each week which he then reviews and chooses who he deems to be the best. Winners are then named via his Twitter account on Monday evening and added to his successful website, . Week commencing 22.10.12 Simply Bows and Chair Covers was one of the six chosen businesses.

Simply Bows and Chair Covers Won the Jacqueline Gold WOW Award

Every Wednesday, Jacqueline Gold (Chief Executive of Knickerbox and Ann Summers) invites female business owners to tweet her their business and she chooses her favourite three to become #WOW (Women on Wednesday) winners. I'm so pleased to share with you that today, she chose Simply Bows and Chair Covers!

Simply Bows and Chair Covers were finalists in British Franchise Marketing Awards for Best Website

For the second year running we were thrilled to be runner up in the Franchise Marketing Awards for Best Website. The winner of the this award was McDonalds!