Sheffield businesswoman leads the way among ladies

Rachel Salway
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The founder of a Sheffield business will find out today whether she has won an award for the region’s top start-up this year.

Rachel Salway, boss of fair trade fashion and accessories company Roseannah, is up for the prize at the National Women in Business Awards for Yorkshire and the North East.

She is one of five shortlisted in her category, and is the only finalist from Sheffield.

Rachel, from Westfield, said: “This is a great achievement and I’m excited that I am in the final five, I am up against some very inspiring women in business.”

The awards ceremony takes place this afternoon in Newcastle.

Rachel started her business after a series of trips to India and Africa. Devastated by the level of poverty she witnessed, she began to work with different organisations to provide skills and training.

She also started a website campaign called ‘STOP the Traffick!’ and designed and commissioned a range of jewellery bracelets which support anti-trafficking charities in the UK and abroad.

Rachel later launched a further campaign, Destiny Rescue, which raises money to save children from traffickers.

Within two months of starting the appeal, enough cash was collected to rescue the first young trafficking victim, and more than half of the necessary funds have now been raised to save a second child.

Meanwhile another limited edition bracelet generates money to employ survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Griselda Togobo, managing director of Forward Ladies, which organises the awards, said: “The calibre of entries has been increasing year on year, but this year we have a number of outstanding entries, which have attracted women from all ages, all professions and all walks of life.

“We are also delighted to be hosting this year’s regional heats in Newcastle for the first time, which means we can showcase some of the best talent from across the region.”

In total, 62 female business leaders are competing across 11 categories.