The BIBAs Hall of Fame Kirsty Henshaw

Winning the BIBA for New Business of the Year in 2011 helped entrepreneur Kirsty Henshaw to get past a moment which brought her to the attention of the public.

The mother-of-one shot to fame when she secured the support of investors Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne on television’s Dragon’s Den with her allergen-free food firm, Worthenshaws, a year earlier.

But it was picking up the prize at the awards ceremony known as ‘the one they all want to win’ that helped show her as a business woman standing on her own two feet.

Kirsty said: “I do not want to just be ‘the girl who cried on Dragon’s Den’, I want to be the person who runs a successful business.

“That is why these awards mean so much to me, the judging panel did not give me them because I had been on the show, they gave me them because they saw what I had done with my business.

“I went on the show because I did not have hundreds of thousands of pounds to spend on advertising the product and now I have that along with the investment and backing of two very successful businessmen, of course.”

Since her success at the awards, she has re-branded her business, Kirsty’s, and today continues to sell nutritious and allergen free foods as well as providing advice to help her customers get good quality nutrition and stay healthy.

If you want to give your business a bigger competitive edge, enter the BIBAs today.

Nominations Close: 6th April 2018