The past twelve months has seen the best and worst of times for Sheffielder Faye Smith, founder of Keep Your Fork marketing and PR training consultancy.
She was a finalist in seven national and regional business awards in the year her daughter died.
Her first nomination - for the Sue Ryder Yorkshire Woman of Achievement Awards - came just weeks after her 12-year old daughter Gabi drowned in her bath during a seizure last March. A graduate of her DIY Brand Booster course, Sandra Nundy of Essentially Healthy, had nominated her.
Sandra explained: “Faye is a truly powerful role model and inspirational woman of our region who always delivers results in an enthusiastic, friendly and passionate way.”
Gemma Daniels of Hydra Creative, then nominated Faye’s free netwalking events for two national awards. She was a finalist in the best networking support group category and won best hobby to business support in a public vote.
Faye also won best client testimonial award and was finalist in the training innovation category in the inaugural Yorkshire Trainers Association awards after being nominated by her Hallam University intern Jessica Dodds.
Faye, whose business helps charities and small businesses succeed in tough times, was also finalist in Red magazine’s Red Hot Woman of the Year community champion for her work with charities, schools and women’s enterprise.
“It is a real privilege to be shortlisted among inspiring, successful Yorkshire women,” said Faye. “I feel honoured.”
Over the past three years she herself has nominated over a dozen clients for awards. Successes include UK Extraordinary Woman, Woman of Achievement, Network She, Clarins Dynamisante charity of the year and Yorkshire business woman and young businesswoman of the year.
Faye concluded, “Since setting up five years ago I have had the honour of telling the storis of many people who have overcome obstacles and tragedies and want to create change for others. They inspire me and keep me going.”