Fife Women Rock 2019 FWR awards

Our fabulous finalists

Here’s the list of finalists for the Fife Women Rock awards 2019 and where you can find out more about what they do.

Let’s all support Fife Women who Rock – there are some amazing stories and businesses and I’m delighted to be able to showcase them all.

New Business of The Year

Claire Johnston

Claire created Simply Beautiful Birthing after her own birth experience left her suffering from PTSD. She credits hypnobirthing for giving her the strength to have the birth she wanted with her second child and in addition recover from mental health issues. Her 1:1 courses are booked up until November and she has also established group sessions to help more parents to be.

Amy King

Amy started her business Amy King Bridal in January when she was a bride-to be herself. Sick and tired of having to travel for a fantastic bridal experience to shop for her dress, she saw an opportunity to offer something young and fresh locally. Her boutique also offers beauty and nails making her the one stop shop for brides and their bridal parties. It means the world to her to help brides find their dream dress.

Young businesswoman of the Year:

Lauren Sives

Lauren started up Xanbrodery (a mash up of her son’s names and the word embroidery) because she wanted to be able to stay at home with her children and make the clothes she wanted for them that she couldn’t find elsewhere. 

Open for just over a year she hand embroiders everything from hoops and wall hangings to cushions, bags, t-shirts, jumpers, jackets and dungarees.

Jasmin Hutchison

Jasmin is a mum of two daughters and owner of Designs by Jasmin – Beautifully Unique Keepsakes. She specialises in creating beautiful bespoke keepsakes made from a loved ones, pet’s or baby’s old clothes.

She knows that keepsakes are a great way to cherish memories and has grown her business whilst moving out of her comfort zone attending networking meetings and enhancing her knowledge in social media.

Caring Business of the Year:

Louise Anderson

Discovering Reiki after a number of stressful events changed the course of Louise’s life. It ignited a passion to learn as much as she could about holistic therapies and how they keep her and others well and eventually led her to set up her business called Maiya’s Light.

Louise has turned it into a successful business offering therapies such as Story Massage for children. Now a Reiki master, Louise is passing on her skills to others as well as offering help and therapies to others whenever they need her.

Dorotka Pragert

When Dorotka came to Scotland in 2015 she took work cleaning in KFC and learned the language from working there as well as walking around Edinburgh with a dictionary. In just 8 months she was promoted to manager.

After having her daughter Maja she knew she wanted change so trained to become a childminder, opening her own business in 2012.

She loves working with children and treats them all as her own building positive and warm relationships. After the devastating loss of her father, Dorotka also added numerous fundraising challenges and events to her busy life to honour his memory.

Businesswoman of the Year

Lisa Weir

Lisa started Flexi Business Support provide small local businesses access to a flexible resource to help their business grow without the obligations of staffing costs and/or agency fees. 

She has successfully grown it into a larger scaled operation offering multiple services by several staff and sub-contractors to small to medium sized enterprises in Fife and further afield.

Lisa also offers her time to local voluntary projects, is a Local Hero for the Bridge to Business programme with Youth Enterprise Scotland enters her 3rd year in business with the same focus that ensured her early success.

Nadia Munro

Nadia started Tots Express because as a mum of two she understood how daunting it could be to attend exercises classes yourself with your child.

Wanting to create a warm and friendly environment to make everyone feel welcome and part of a community is something she works exceptionally hard to achieve.  

Her classes offer a unique combination of music and sensory experiences for parents and children to enjoy together and she has begun building a team, recruiting her first team member and on the way to employing a second.

Queen of Kindness

Louise Weir

Louise started her business Louse Weir Therapies after she discovered the long term healing benefits of holistic therapies.

Despite being diagnosed with ME after her second child, Louise built a successful business whilst raising her children.

She often goes an extra mile for others and her caring nature goes beyond her business, as she helps, supports, cooks and shops for her local community, the elderly or families in need.

Mandy Temple

Mandy is a support worker for the Muirhead Outreach Project who always puts others before herself.

Although she has fibromyalgia she always puts kindness first no matter what else she is going through.

Credited with making a difference to so many people’s lives, Mandy has the ability to make everyone feel special, no matter what challenges they are facing and is much loved by everyone she meets.

Volunteer of the Year

Collette Burns

Collette volunteers because she enjoys giving her time to a wealth of different local projects and organisations.

She believes that acts of kindness, even small ones, can change the bigger picture of life. From helping out at the Tuesday lunch club at her local church to hosting her radio show Letty Rocks on K107fm she finds it interesting and rewarding to give her time to help others.

Rock music has always been a big part of her life and she enjoys interviewing people and being involved in other community events – gala days, Silverburn Festival and Live on the Links to name but three.

Sarah Curle Goodall

Mum of 2 Sarah moved to Burntisland with her family in 2010 and was encouraged by the various groups and organised events in the town.

Driven by putting something back for others and to help retain traditional events in the community, she volunteered for the Highland Games Committee and Events Group Committee (Bonfire/Fireworks) as Secretary for each group. Each year she is responsible for organising the funding and permissions for use of the grounds including insurance, police and council liaison.

She also volunteered for Floral Action Burntisland, organised the Halloween Trail with another mum which last year attracted 600 plus children, ensured the Community Notice Board was funded and installed, joined the Kinghorn Baby & Toddler group and the Broomhill Community Garden Kids club too!

What a group of finalists…well done to everyone, I’m sure you’ll agree they are all winners in their own right. Fife Women Rock x

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