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.