Mpower Rising Star Business Award Win!

That day I sat breastfeeding my son and came up with my initial idea of a wearable baby nail file, I never thought 4 years later I’d be collecting a national business award. We launched Baby Nails in October 2015 after lots of hard work, committing to it financially and my husband’s impeccable support through the design stages to produce our multi-award winning Thumble® that you all love so much today.

I was notified in May that I’d been shortlisted as a Mpower finalist in the Rising Star category.  Eek!!! This category recognised “starting a business can be a slow and challenging process, but sometimes we see someone who has made a quantum leap; Someone whose ambition and drive has captured the imagination of others and who has achieved a high level of success in a relatively short period of time”.

Judging this year’s awards were a panel of top parent entrepreneurs. No pressure!! Nicola Huelin, multi-award winning business coach, founder of the Mpower awards, and mum of four said “we’re so proud of every single mum in business. All of our finalist are winners – indeed every woman who takes courageous steps to live life on her terms, no matter what shape that takes – homemaker, career-committer or business-builder, is by definition a winner. These awards are part of celebrating those in the early stages of starting and growing a business they love, in a way that’s right for them and their loved ones. Something to be recognised and celebrated both here in the UK and around the world” 

Now it was time for me to book my gala dinner tickets, sort out overnight accommodation and decide what to wear (!!) for the main event on Saturday 23rd June at The Holiday Inn in Bloomsbury. Here I would join fellow mums and like minded people in business to celebrate everyone’s journey so far!

Unfortunately the day before the awards event due to a recent operation my husband (and business partner) sadly wasn’t well enough to join me. So, at the 11th hour a very good Mummy friend Sarah, stepped in and we made our way to London the following day, enjoying a cheeky can of GnT on the train.

The Gala evening started at 6.30pm with a welcome drinks reception and a photo of us both looking glam on arrival . Dinner begin at 7pm, followed by the inspiring awards and then we partied!

When the Rising Star category was announced the nerves set in. Luckily no acceptance speeches had been made so at least if I did win I wouldn’t blurt out a load of nonsense! Lucy Griffin-Stiff Founder of Starting Conversations® was the sponsor for my category and also a local Mummy we later discovered, living only 15 miles down the road from each other. When Lucy read out my name as the winner I was in total shock and froze to my seat. I then blubbed all the way to the stage. I really did not expect to win being against so many other fantastic Mum’s in business.

Lucy was so friendly and following the awards evening sent me this lovely quote “Rebecca is such a deserving winner. Her business, an idea developed while on maternity leave, has seen incredible growth in a short space of time and her product is now sold by some big names in the market such as JoJo Maman Bébé. Rebecca has created a successful, growing business that she can manage alongside her family life in a way that works for her. It’s so important to recognise and celebrate the Mum’s in the tough first years of business, their work can often go unrecognised and the Mpower National Business Awards, which I’m proud to be a co-organiser and Judge for, are beginning to change that.”

The evening ended up in the hotel bar (after responsibly taking my award and certificate to my room) with fellow award finalists, having a good natter and enjoying “one” more GnT for the road.

Being the winner of a national business award is obviously a huge achievement, especially when you’re announced a winner amongst the many hundreds of women who entered. Awards like these celebrate parents who manage the difficult task of juggling business with family life. However it has given me (and my husband) a work-life balance that I feel very fortunate to have and it pushes me to work harder everyday! 

So today I had my award win covered in the Stamford Mercury, our local newspaper. Winning this award has not just helped to put Baby Nails on the map but makes all the hard work worthwhile and it’s great recognition for our small family run business.

Baby Nails was also announced last month as a finalist in this year’s Mercury Business Awards where myself and my husband Mark are hoping for a win in this years ‘Best New Start-up’ category on Friday 21st September.

We hope my Mpower Rising Star Business Award is the start of many more to come!

Our Awards To Date!

After being shortlisted today as a finalist in the MPower National Business Awards if felt like a great opportunity to look at the awards we have gained so far in 2018, and to say it’s only May we’re beaming from ear to ear!

MPower National Business Awards  Category: ‘Rising Stars’ – FINALIST, 2018. Winners TBA 23rd June 2018  www.mpower.academy/p/finalists2018

“There are a lot of awards out there, and we are proud about what makes these awards, and the women who enter, different!” said Nicola Huelin, multi-award winning business coach, founder of the Mpower awards, and mum to four children with her partner Graham. “Often invisible to most, mums in business are changing the business landscape, while raising and inspiring the generations of the future. We believe their efforts and successes in overcoming the unique challenges of combining business and motherhood, particularly in those first few years when it’s the hardest, need to be recognised and celebrated.”

MadeforMums Awards 2018. Listed in two categories: ‘Can’t live without parenting product’ and ‘Everyday parenting essential’ – FINALIST, March 2018  https://bit.ly/2LtfZUd

MadeforMums is the UK’s biggest parenting reviews site. The MadeForMums Awards find and reward the very best parenting products in the UK.

Mumii Family Awards 2018. Listed in two categories: ‘Best Gadget for Parents’ and ‘Best Gadget’  GOLD winners in both categories  old.mumii.co.uk/content/view/news/Mumii_Family_Awards_2018_-_The_results

“The Mumii Family Awards encompass everything you need to know about being a Family. We took the best of the best and parents spent a month deliberating and voting for their favourite brands and products. With over 10,000 votes cast across numerous categories, we are now very pleased to be able to announce the results.” Jo – Editor of Mumii

Mum and Working Awards 2018.  Category: ‘Start-up Business of the Year’ – FINALISTS, March 2018  www.mumandworking.co.uk/awards/finalists  

Mumandworking is the parent’s one stop website for all things work related. The awards celebrate flexible working and were launched over 8 years ago to celebrate the UK’s leading lights in the world of flexible working – those amazing and inspiring individuals, businesses, charities and networks demonstrating and showcasing how working practice and family-life can go hand in hand with huge potential benefits for all involved.

Family Choice Awards 2018. Category: ‘Children and Parenting Products’ – 2018 winner  www.familychoiceawards.com/family-choice-awards/

The United States based Family Choice Awards recognizes the best products, services and resources for all members of a family. This awards program, now in its 19th year, is one of the most coveted, family friendly consumer awards program in the nation. Winners are assured extensive coverage and visibility nationwide to consumers who recognize the awards as top recommendations for their buying decisions from “the source they trust most”.

 

 

 

 

Our shiny Silver award!!

Well we are very excited here at Baby Nails!! The​ ​results​ ​are​ ​in and we can proudly announce that our Baby Nails Bumper Pack has won SILVER in this​ ​year’s​​ ​​Best​ ​Baby​ ​&​ ​Toddler​ ​Gear​ ​Awards (Health and Well Being – Infant category)! @Mumii #BBTG17

Now​ ​in​ ​its​ ​fifth​ ​year, ​​the​ ​2017​ ​Best​ ​Baby​ ​&​ ​Toddler​ ​Gear​ ​Awards​ ​has​ ​been the​ ​biggest​ ​yet. ​ Being the most ​extensive​ ​parenting​ ​awards​ ​programme​ ​in the​ ​UK, ​ all ​baby items are ​tested​ ​by​ ​parents, ​ ​for​ ​parents! ​​ ​www.mumii.co.uk/award.

Jo​ ​Studholme,​ ​Editor​ ​of​ ​Mumii​ ​states:​ ​​ “We​ ​ are ​ ​ delighted ​ ​ to ​ ​ unveil ​ ​ our​ ​ 2017 Best​ ​ Baby​ ​ & ​ ​ Toddler​ ​ Gear ​ ​ Award​ ​ winners. ​ ​ Each​ ​ and​ ​ every ​ ​ item​ ​ has​ ​ been ​ ​ put through ​ ​ its ​ ​ paces​ ​ and​ ​ the ​ ​ winners ​ ​ should ​ ​ be​ ​ very​ ​ proud ​ ​ –​ ​ we’ve​ ​ had ​ ​ the biggest​ ​ number​ ​ of ​ ​ entries ​ ​ and​ ​ our ​ ​ parents​ ​ have ​ ​ been​ ​ meticulous ​ ​ in​ ​ their testing.​ ​ Winning ​​ really​ ​ does ​ ​ give ​ ​that​ ​ seal​ ​ of​ ​ approval​ ​ from ​ ​ parents​ ​ and Mumii ​ ​ alike​ ​ and​ ​ should ​ ​ be​ ​ celebrated.”

We can’t wait to proudly display our fantastic award for all to see 🙂

Best Baby and Toddler Gear 2017 – Consumer Voted Award!

The voting for the Consumer Voted Award for the Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards is now open!!

You can vote for us here: https://www.mumii.co.uk/BBTG/2017/Health_and_Well_Being_-_Infant (you will need to register which only takes a minute and remember you can only vote once per category). And you could WIN a £100 Amazon voucher just for voting too!

So, if you enjoy using Baby Nails, we’d love your vote!!

Thank you and good luck to us all!!!

@MumiiUK

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Product Facelift

We are pleased to reveal our new Baby Nails storage pouch. We’ve switched from EVA material to PVC which makes the pouch much firmer and stops it getting easily marked. You may also note that our 6 month + nail files have had a colour change too but the grit remains the same. We hope you like it!

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We’re in Mother and Baby magazine!

We’re excited to announce that Baby Nails is featured in the current issue of Mother and Baby Magazine (it’s classed as the April issue) in their ‘That’s Clever’ section along with some other useful products. Struggling to find time to file your babies nails? Is your baby beginning to think they have scratch mittens for hands? Give Baby Nails a try.

IT’S HANDS-FREE NAILFILING for babies!

Visit us at http://www.baby-nails.co.uk or on Amazon by clicking here

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Merry Christmas from Baby Nails!

with £1.49 off our Hands-Free Baby Nail care products. Ho Ho Ho!

So today is a special little anniversary for Baby Nails. We’ve now been trading for two months and just wanted to thank everyone for their support, Facebook likes, purchases and great reviews! We are so pleased to hear that our great little product is helping to keep your precious little ones’ nails neat & tidy.

Also last month Baby Nails went International as we started trading via Amazon in Spain, Italy, France and Germany and we also sold our first retail order which we’re very excited about. Next year we intend to get many more!

Remember the last Royal Mail first class post for orders before Christmas is Monday 21st December. A great little extra to a new Mum’s Christmas stocking!!

As we patiently wait for the safe arrival of our baby number two (Official Tester number Two!), Baby Nails would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

As a little Christmas Gift we’ve knocked £1.49 off our main products till the 21st December which will be the last day to get your order to you before Christmas.

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Baby Nails Mixed Pack Hands-Free Nail Files Shipping Worldwide

Hi Baby Nails customers and friends!

We have had a lot of feedback from people asking for us to make up a mixed version of the Baby Nails Standard Pack, so we have!

You can now order the Baby Nails Standard Pack (Mixed) Hands-Free Baby Nail Care for £5.99 + £1.49 delivery from our website at www.baby-nails.co.uk or you can find us on Amazon as well. Not in the UK? Don’t worry, It’s only a flat rate £3.49 delivery to the rest of the world.

Inside you will get the Patent Pending ‘Thumble’ along with three disposable adhesive new baby nail files, four of the 3mth+ nail files and three of the 6mth+ nail files. All which are to be used with the ‘Thumble’ to file your babies nails hands-free in a relaxed manner however you choose.

There are still some 5% discount codes left to be used with the code ‘STARTER5’ via our website. Remember the Baby Nails Bumper Pack for £9.99 comes with the ‘Thumble’, seventy disposable nail files and free delivery (in the UK), hopefully enough to get you through a baby’s first year!

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Thanks a lot everybody

 

Mark, Rebecca and Emmett

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