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Moray Business Women Honoured at Awards

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Five Moray businesswomen have been recognised for their work at a glittering award ceremony.

The winners of the Moray Business Women Annual Awards were announced at the event held at the Stotfield Hotel in Lossiemouth on Friday, November 25.

Iona Leigh Housby of Findhorn Flower Essences was crowned Business Woman of the Year.

The business was founded by her late mother Marion Leigh over 30 years ago and Iona is now at the helm of the company which inspires change and wellbeing through holistic products and services which includes flower essences, aromatherapy mists, flower essence therapy and educational courses.

Speaking of her win, Iona who also helps run her husband’s firm Housby Motors said:

“Winning the Moray Business Women of the Year award was such a shockingly wonderful surprise.

“I’ve been involved in the family business since I began bottling and labelling in the kitchen with Mum from the age of eight.

“Three years ago, mum passed away suddenly and I really didn’t know how I would manage the business as my youngest of three kids was just a few months old.

“However, as Andy, my husband also has a businesses, he offered to support me with the kids and home life.

“Fast forward through two lockdowns and the Brexit nightmare – it’s a miracle we are doing so well with our international export business.

“This award means so much to me, and I feel mum smiling down.”

She added:

“Joining MBW has been a great way to connect with other great business women in Moray so I’m very grateful to be in such good company.”

Other winners on the night were Glynis Smith of V Fitness & Nutrition as Emerging Business of the Year 2022, Sarah Holmes, of Elgin based stationery boutique Pencil Me In took home Established Business of the Year and Most Enterprising Business of the Year 2022 went to Helen Smith of Byres Farm.

Moray Business Woman President Alison Read, was also recognised as Member of Inspiration, an award which is voted for by the members.

Alison said:

“The Member of Inspiration award is the only one that’s nominated and voted on by the members of the group, so to win is a huge honour, thank you to everyone that voted for me.

“In 2018, I was one of only two members that were nominated for this award.

“Although I didn’t win, being nominated by others was incredibly moving. 

“Ever since I have encouraged members to recognise the achievements of others and celebrate their successes. 

“This year, no fewer than 17 members were nominated by their peers for the Member of Inspiration Award, of which five went on to be shortlisted. 

“That generosity, to nominate another businesswoman, really reflects the positive, uplifting spirit of the club.”

Speaking generally about the evening, Alison added:

“We had a wonderful evening and it was super to all be together celebrating each other.

“The judges had no easy task of picking the final winners.

“I wish to congratulate all of the finalists and the winners and wish them every success as we ahead towards a new year in business.”

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