Dorset business mums take national awards by storm.

Not even a week after Sky News announced that companies run by mothers contribute around £7bn a year to the economy we find not 1 but 5 Dorset Businesses run by mums are amongst the nominees for the prestigious WO4LO Awards in association with Konfidence. Now in its 7th year WO4LO celebrates the best activities, classes, volunteers and venues from throughout the UK as nominated and voted for by the experts – parents and parents-to-be.

Joanne Dewberry, Dorset Business Mum 2010 and author of Crafting a Successful Small Business is no stranger when it comes to the WO4LO Awards “Charlie Moo’s has been nominated 3 years running. I’m proud that we are held in such high esteem in the Party Suppliers industry – I really hope this year we can make it into the final 3!”

Award-winning ‘Musical Steps’ has also been nominated in Best National Baby & Toddler Development Activity (newborn to 2 years) & Best National Pre-schooler Development Activity (2 to 5 years) Bournemouth Teacher,Heather Smith said Parents tell me Musical Steps classes are the highlight of their child’s week, so it’s exciting to be recognised in this way. My priority is always to deliver an inspiring music class so I’d love for us to win the award and show we really are something special.

Lisa Hagg, mum of 2 & owner of the UK’s leading children’s activity franchise, The Creation Station in Bournemouth, has been nominated for no less than 3 awards! The Best National Baby & Toddler Development Activity, The Best National Preschooler Development Activity & The Best Children’s Party Entertainment Awards. Lisa said I am delighted that our Baby Discover and Little Explorer art classes have been recognised and nominated by parents. We are passionate about providing unique classes that gives parents and their children a shared, creative and educational experience. Our classes develop friendships, social confidence, problem solving skills & imagination in young children as well as providing ideas and activities for parents to help them develop their baby and toddler at home”

Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the Under 5s (South) sees Lisa Hagg, Caroline Kelly and Heather Smith up for this accolade. Joanne said “between my 3 children they have all been to Musical Steps, Turtle Tots and The Creation Station at some point and I think it shows the wealth of baby & pre-school activities available in Dorset and how highly recommended they are.”

Caroline Kelly, Turtle Tots Dorset, teaches aqua natal and baby swimming classes. “To be nominated for any award after less than 12 months in business is something I couldn’t have imagined. Each week parents tell me little things that their babies/toddlers have done at home related to our lessons which is fantastic. Turtle Tots teach babies to swim both above and below the surface teaching water confidence and life saving skills. Our classes also promote a special bonding experience between parent and baby in the water and many new friendships are formed. It would be great to win but to be nominated really is something special.Turtle Tots UK has been nominated inBest National Baby & Toddler Development Activity (newborn to 2 years) & Best National Pre-schooler Development Activity (2 to 5 years) as well.

Best Day Out in Dorset? Look know further than Little Pickles Market 2013 really has been an amazing year so far already collecting a couple of awards and it’s only March. I’m so humbled by the hard work and dedication of the team and all our buyers and sellers over the past 2 years.” owner Jessamine Hislop Newton beamed. The Dorset branch is currently putting the finishing touches to their Inaugural Little Pickles South Coast Baby & Toddler Show in May – with special guests including cbeebies favourite Chris Jarvis. Averaging 200+ people in a normal 2 hour market the baby show is set to be the place to be.

These business mums now need your help from now until the 28th May 2013, parents can log onto to vote for their favourite. The winners will be announced celebrity host Lucy Piper at Brighton Racecourse on Sunday 30th June. Everyone who votes or nominates will also be in with a chance to win 2 VIP tickets to the awards ceremony, meet the finalists, sponsors and VIP guests.

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