Woman Who Awards Winners 2022 © John Cleary Photogragphy

Solopreneurs play a vital role in the overall entrepreneurial ecosystem. They often work tirelessly behind the scenes, and their efforts can sometimes go unnoticed. For this reason the Woman Who Solopreneur Awards is back for 2023, providing a platform to express appreciation and recognition for their hard work, dedication, and achievements. Woman Who’s founder, Sandra Garlick MBE hosts these national awards once again, which create award-winning role models providing inspiration to aspiring female entrepreneurs, mentorship and support as part of the Woman Who community, and a means to impart valuable lessons learned from winners’ business knowledge and experience. The window for awards entries ends on 1st August 2023 and is available on the Woman Who website.

These popular prestigious awards to be held on Thursday 5th October at Draycote Hotel, Rugby from 12 pm to 4.30 pm are an opportunity to showcase successful individuals who have excelled in their respective industries. Past Woman Who award-winners have demonstrated how solopreneurs can adapt quickly to market changes, adjust their business strategies and operations efficiently, helping to stabilise the economy during times of economic uncertainty. Solopreneurs play a vital role in the local economy by generating employment opportunities, driving innovation, and contributing to economic growth. Sandra is currently seeking sponsors for this upcoming awards event.

Winning a Woman Who Solopreneur Award can significantly enhance the visibility and credibility of the winner’s business. The increased exposure can lead to new partnerships, customers, and opportunities for growth, benefiting both the solopreneur and the wider community. By initiating new business ventures, solopreneurs introduce innovative products or services, and increase competition within their industries, which stimulates economic activity and generates additional revenue streams. Sandra shares ten ways that solopreneurs benefit the economy and community include:

  • Job creation through hiring employees or collaborating with contractors.
  • Increased competition and innovation within industries.
  • Support for local businesses by sourcing materials or services locally.
  • Economic growth through the initiation of new ventures.
  • Contribution to tax revenue through income and sales taxes.
  • Market diversity by offering niche products or services.
  • Flexibility to adapt quickly to changing market conditions.
  • Knowledge and skill development within the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Stimulating economic activity at the grassroots level.
  • Inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs and fostering a culture of entrepreneurship.

Sandra enthused about hosting her returning awards event again saying, “The Woman Who Solopreneur Awards ceremony fosters a sense of community among solopreneurs who connect with others who face similar challenges and exchange experiences and ideas. The event provides a platform to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship, acknowledging the efforts, dedication, and creativity of solopreneurs who have successfully built and run their businesses alone. It brings like-minded women together, creating opportunities for networking, collaboration, and knowledge sharing. Winning an award boosts confidence and morale, inspires continued success, and reinforces a feeling of value within the community. The Woman Who network strives to enhance the vitality and dynamism of the entrepreneurial community by establishing inspiring role models for aspiring business owners and cultivating an environment that fosters future economic growth. Recognising the achievements of single-person business owners through an awards ceremony reinforces the significance of their contributions to the community.”


Sandra Garlick MBE is an accomplished author and speaker, sharing her insights and expertise on topics such as entrepreneurship, leadership, and women’s empowerment. She is the founder of the Woman Who community, a network that celebrates and empowers women in business. Recognised for her outstanding contributions to the business community, Sandra was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2019 for her services to women in business. This distinguished honour reflects her dedication to supporting and promoting women’s achievements in the business world.