The 2013 What's On 4 Junior Awards will celebrate the very best kid's activity providers in the UK, Ireland and Australia - in association with multi-award winning Konfidence.
Over 76,000 Votes Received!!
We are now proud to announce our 2013 finalists
A huge 'Well Done' to everyone...!!
If you nominated or voted, you may also have won 2 VIP tickets to attend the awards, join the winners and finalists at the champagne reception and enjoy free entry to BabyExpo in Brighton on June 30! We will be contacting the lucky winner soon!
Our 7th National Annual Awards in association with Konfidence reward, celebrate and recognise those companies, organisations and individuals providing the very best activities, classes, days out and parties for young families and children across the UK.
This year, a record 76,459 votes and over 6,400 nominations were received!! Such a fantastic response from the UK's parents who want to reward those providers who have made such a different to their - and their children's - lives!
We are delighted that on June 30 2013 the awards will be hosted once again by the lovely Lucy Piper. Lucy has hosted major parenting and fashion events in UK and the USA and has appeared on TV including Sky and The Baby Channel. Lucy is also a mum and therefore really understands the importance of getting out and about with little ones and the difference classes and group activities make to parent's lives! She is a real star and her professionalism and warmth goes to make the ceremony extra special!
The 2013 Junior Awards will take place as part of the South Coast's Biggest and Brightest BabyShow and Family Fun Day - BabyExpo - for more on this fabulous event which this year will welcome Humphrey from Humphrey's Corner just click here
The official film of our awards as produced by the expert team at Video Productions Hampshire.
Our Fantastic Headline Sponsor Konfidence
Konfidence have supported WO4 for over 4 years now - helping us to ensure these important national awards take place. Konfidence also offer everything you could need to child & baby swimming is safe and fun! Baby swimwear & swimsuits, wetsuits, swim nappies, baby swimming lesson information, swim jackets, float suits and much more! 2013 sees Konfidence supporting not just the UK awards but the awards in Ireland and Australia as well as the Konfidence Brand is enjoyed by parents in more and more countries throughout the World.
Dan Allen is International Sales Director for Konfidence. Dan says of these awards....
“Everyone at Konfidence is thrilled to be part of the What’s on 4 Junior Awards for the third consecutive year. Each year the awards get bigger and better and this year we are delighted that they are continuing to grow internationally, with an expanded set of awards in Australia and a brand new set in Ireland for 2013. As always, it will be fantastic to see all the nominees & finalists rewarded for their hard work, and for the opportunities and joy they give to the children, parents and carers they engage with. This resonates strongly with our own values, and is the reason why we are so pleased to be involved with these awards for another year. We're looking forward to what will undoubtedly be a fantastic event put on by the What's On 4 Team.”
* Regional Category Breakdown as follows - South inc South east, South west & London, East inc East midlands, NE and Yorkshire & Humberside West inc west midlands, NW & Wales
Our 2013 Awards Sponsors and Partners
Want to get involved this year! There are some sponsorship opportunities still available - particularly for post-awards promotion - please email firstname.lastname@example.org more details or CLICK HERE NOW
Konfidence 'Multi-award winning Konfidence is delighted to be named the headline sponsors for the What’s On 4 Junior Awards once again, and is now looking forward to celebrating and honouring the achievements of all the nominees and winners.
All those involved in the awards are passionate and leaders in their field, and they all provide a great deal of opportunity and joy to the children they teach. This resonates with our own values, and is the reason why we are so pleased to be involved with these awards for a second year. Baby and Infant swimming is now an incredibly popular activity, and all of our products have been designed to further enhance the experience, and make the water a safe and happy environment for little ones – and to give you added confidence too!
As, the UK’s leading designer of high quality baby swimming, buoyancy and beachwear products, Konfidence collaborates with swim school experts and parents to offer everything you need to take your waterbaby swimming. The Baby Swimming range includes the best selling Babywarma® Wetsuits and Paddler™ Poolsocks which keep them warmer for longer in the pool, reusable AquaNappies and Nappicovas™, plus Neoprene Changing Mats, Poncho Towels and Toys. And this year the Baby Swimming collection is even more fabulous with new colours and designs in the Babywarma® and Warma™ Wetsuit ranges, as well as additional designs of AquaNappies.'
Konfidence is an established and trusted brand that delivers quality, value for money products for customers direct at www.konfidence.co.uk or through its retail partner network. Customers, to name a few, include Harrods, Jojo Maman Bebe, Centre Parcs, Alton Towers, Neilson Holidays, First Choice Holidays, Mark Warner Holidays as well as many specialist high street and online retailers.
Sally Hunter launched 'Humphrey's Corner' - inspired by her own 3 children nearly 14 years ago!
Humphrey's Corner has grown and grown, developing from a range of exquisite greetings cards into soft toys, clothes, baby furniture, feeding, figurines, calendars and more. Humphrey's Corner began a long term relationship with Mothercare and also launched in Australia and the U S (just like WO4!)
With The Children's Trust they developed the fantastic PJ Week initiative - supporting all the amazing work the trust do to care for children with multiple disabilities, complex health needs and acquired brain injury and their families. PJ Week will be held in October and is a fantastic fun way to support this very worthwhile cause.
lawyers4mumpreneurs Lawyers4mumpreneurs is the only business law practice in the UK to exclusively focus on mums in business. Founded in 2010 by ex-City corporate lawyer Suzanne Dibble, the practice has enjoyed phenomenal success culminating in it winning Best Business Support at the national Mumpreneur Awards 2011 and in Suzanne being awarded Highly Commended in the prestigious Solicitor of the Year Award at the Law Society Awards 2011.
The success of the practice is in large part due to the fact that Lawyers4mumpreneurs is completely structured around mums in business offering cost effective fixed fees, flexible working and a genuine concern for clients. Suzanne specialises in franchising, especially childrens’ group franchisings, and was a finalist in the Woman Franchise Service Provider of the Year Award at the 2010 EWIF Awards. “I’m so lucky to have found Suzanne. Her involvement in our franchising has made all the difference to us making it happen. Suzanne took the time to understand the business and asked lots of questions to ensure we had considered every business and legal aspect of franchising. She really understood the pressures of a small business and particularly the juggle of being a parent of a smallbusiness. She delivered as promised, responded very quickly to emails, didn’t confuse us with legal jargon and was very fair and clear with the costs.” Sam Willoughby, founder of multi award winning What’s on 4 Limited.
For more testimonials from delighted clients, see our website www.lawyers4mumpreneurs.com. Follow us on twitter for top franchising and other legal tips @law4mumpreneurs. Email us to arrange a free initial consultation at email@example.com
Get In The Press specialises in generating PR coverage for the small business and Mumpreneuer. Whether you need a press release written, a full PR plan managed or some local press coverage generated, Get In The Press offers affordable and down-to-earth solutions. Run by award winning* Mumpreneur Julie Sherwood, they have secured features in national newspapers, monthly parenting magazines, women's consumer press, radio and TV. Get In The Press also helps to secure coverage for people with a story to tell, be it for a particular cause, charity or to promote a particular project.
They also run the Parenting Magazine Contacts Database for those seeking to handle their own PR.
*Finalist in MumsClub Best Advocate Business 2011.
The longest established, best-read, free parenting magazine in the South. ABC Magazine is the FREE local parenting magazine offering practical parenting advice to everyone with young children. From babies to big kids! Every issue of ABC Magazine is packed full of local information and practical parenting advice to help you find what you need and where to buy it, ideas on what to do and where to go, where to find this and that - all child related and child friendly! Loads of articles, great competitions, true-life stories, health updates, all sorts of parenting advice, facts and figures, ideas to fill your days and masses of useful practical parenting tips to help put you on the right road for early parenthood.
ABC was founded by Rachel Boyle, who was voted Business Woman of the Year in the 2012 JP Press Woman of the Year Awards.
BabyExpo – The South Coast’s Biggest and Brightest BabyShow and Family Day will return to Brighton with Headline Sponsors Sing & Sign, Gymboree, Water Babies and Busy Bees Childcare, very special guest Humphrey from Humphrey’s Corner and supporters National Childbirth Trust!
Baby-planners, parents-to-be and young families from throughout the Region and beyond can look forward to an informative and fun-filled day with expert pregnancy and parenting advice, a fabulous entertainment line-up, 100’s of exhibitors from pre-conception to primary, fantastic show deals and promotions, £1000’s of baby show prizes, face painters, play-zones, bouncy-castles, festival catering and stalls and much more.
Meet parenting experts from TV and get expert advice from midwives and The NCT! BabyExpo supports Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice - for more see www.babyexpobabyshow.co.uk
Exceptional Mumpreneurs is a networking group for women/Mums in business. Founded by Katie Wilson who is Mum to 20 month old William. Exceptional Mumpreneurs prides itself on running meetings that are attended by likeminded, dynamic women who are serious about networking and growing their businesses. The 2 hour meetings focus on women working together to reach their potential through networking with other women/Mums in a similar position and learning business development tips from Exceptional Marketing workshops and other guest speakers.
“I would highly recommend Exceptional Mumpreneurs as it is a fantastic networking meeting. I have met some incredible women with great businesses, some of whom I am now partnering with to grow my own company – it’s made a very positive impact on my business”. Jenny – Jenny Photography
Katie also runs Exceptional Marketing which specialise in helping women/Mums in business through offering services such as business planning/strategy, general marketing advice, coaching, mentoring and social media management.
Jenny Photography specialises in creating high quality, contemporary, newborn, baby, children and family portraits. Based in her purpose built studio in Bray, Berkshire, mum of two Jenny uses her fun and informal approach to create beautiful natural portraits and true reflections of your children.
“Jenny was fantastic to work with, she made me and my family feel at ease and we enjoyed the whole photoshoot experience as well as it being lots of fun for my little ones. The results were truly amazing! It was tough to pick our final images as they were all so good, but after much deliberation, I bought seven images in one beautiful frame as well as an incredible piece of pop-art of my 2 children that I have in my kitchen pride of place!” Kate Johnson
In addition to her beautiful portraits, Jenny uses her creative ability to develop stylish and funky photoart to transform your portrait into a work of art personal to you that is perfect for your home. Jenny’s Portraits and Photoart are combined with beautifully made frames, canvas, blocks and acrylic to create stunning personal displays for the walls of your home capturing a precious moment in your family or child life.
Raspberry Red is an independent Children's Clothes & Toy retailer offering a colourful collection of beautifully designed Scandinavian inspired clothes and toys for kids from 0 to 8 years. Founded and run by half Danish owner Lise, many of the clothes brands are organic, most are Scandinavian or British designed.
The toys are good quality and inspiring for babies and children, ranging from beautiful wooden toys and creative sets to stylish mobiles. At Raspberry Red you will find lots of beautiful handpicked individual and unusual items from a variety of brands which include Frugi, Phister & Philina, Smafolk, Kitekids, Albetta, Lucy & Sam, Brio, Maileg and Djeco.
Available to buy online at www.raspberryred.co.uk or from our shop located in a beautiful Craft Village near Wokingham in Berkshire, with free parking, cafe and 15 plus shops.
Starfish Accounting provides accounting, tax and bookkeeping services to women in business and micro business, together with innovative support for sole traders.
Starfish Accounting was founded in early 2011 by Georgi Rollings, a Chartered Accountant with 16 years experience and mum to toddler twin girls, who understands the challenges of running a business around family commitments.
“I have found Georgi to offer a fantastic bespoke service, which has provided me with great support in developing my private practice. Georgi combines quality expertise in accountancy and business with an understanding of the real life for working mums.” Dr. Katy Lobley - White Bear Psychology
From a no nonsense blog with straight forward tax and accounting tips and tricks to low cost monthly packages to help you from when you first start your self employed business, Starfish Accounting supports women in business to be in charge of their finances, run their businesses effectively, and puts them firmly on the road to success. Visit www.starfishaccounting.co.uk or for more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dinky Fingerprint Company specialises in producing stunning handcrafted gifts and jewellery that capture your child's or loved one's hands, feet or fingerprints in pure polished silver.
Founder/Owner, Mum of two Sam Sheppard believes “Dinky Fingerprint Jewellery is perfect for the person who has everything, they are wonderful keepsakes and so unique. They are an ideal gift for those special celebrations such as Birthdays, Christmas, Weddings, Father's Day, Mother's Day or just because... We are able to create the perfect, bespoke gift idea for you or your loved ones to treasure forever”
“I received a charm as a gift from my daughter for Christmas, I was amazed to find my Grandson’s tiny finger print and name on it. How wonderful, that I can wear it on my bracelet and be reminded of him everyday. What a special and thoughtful gift.” Anna Wilson
Based in Berkshire The Dinky Fingerprint Company sells its products via appointment and events through consultants based around the country and online through mail order impression kits. To find out more or to place an order go to www.dinkyfingerprint.co.uk or call 01628 623386.
Since July 2003 babyworld has been an a passionate and dedicated team of people who have worked to bring advice, support and information to pregnant women and new parents.
We believe that being a parent is one of the most important jobs that we will ever do and that information and a thriving community should be available to parents 24/7. Babyworld is committed to bringing you essential, up to date information and support that is in tune with the needs of today’s parents. We do this by focusing on providing information from trying for a baby, your pregnancy, labour and birth and looking after your baby from 0 – 5 years.
"I’ve been passionate about photography ever since the age of five, when I picked up a camera to capture an amazing sunset. Later in life, I travelled extensively, developing an eye for detail and a unique style. I’ve always been intrigued by people and love creating beautiful imagery out of everyday lives.
On my return to England, I decided to specialise in portraiture. Having a family of my own, I learnt how to put babies and children at ease. I believe photo shoots should be fun, so my style is very relaxed. My images are simple, natural and very insightful. I use photography to portray the wonder of a newborn baby, the excitement of childhood, the magic of pregnancy or the special bond that exists within a family. Every portrait is distinctive and full of character, reflecting the true essence of its subject.
I have my own studio in Worthing, which is perfect for contemporary images. I also shoot on location. I use the light, colour and texture of different surroundings to inspire me. The location may be somewhere of special importance to you or a place that fits a certain style you’re after.
Sadly, our memories fade as the years pass. We may take snapshots of life with our smartphones but the images can’t compare with those taken by a photographer using professional equipment.
My portraits are thoughtful and evocative. I observe carefully from behind the lens and then I capture a moment in time. The result is more than a photograph; it is a personal piece of art, to be cherished forever." - To find out more about Jo's work see here
In 2012 our community award winners receive prizes very generously given to us by these lovely companies.
Humphrey's Corner is a range of exquisite greetings cards, soft toys, clothes, baby furniture, feeding, figurines, calendars, books and more.
Thanks to our very good friends at Humphrey's Corner, some of our community winners will be taking with them a gorgeous range of Humphrey merchandise to include adorable, cuddly Humphrey, Lottie and Baby Jack toys, Baby Daisy and Baby Jack Beanies and a range of fabulous Humphrey story books. Subject to availability we have also been told by Humphrey that he may pay a visit to one of our special winners!
Battery-free, high quality, British-designed, developmental toys, which are guaranteed favourites with all pre-school children.
Toy animals, people, cars, trucks and more are designed at the WOW workshop by a team of expert toy designers who understand the ingredients that make great toys.
WOW pay attention to the little things, incorporating special features that you won’t find in most other pre-school toys. WOW toys are designed to work alone or combined together so children can create fun imaginary worlds with WOW trailers that can be attached to many WOW toys and figures offering great play value!
WOW have supported WO4/BabyExpo events since 2008 and are generously giving a Flip ‘n’ Tip Fred and a Robin’s medical rescue toy for one of our lucky awards winners. For more on WOW just click here
Lucky winners will also be able to get their hands on copies of Tiddley Pom's limited edition of Baby Massage kits and DVDs featuringthe beautiful spa music created exclusively for Tiddley Pom by Icelandic composer and guitarist, Fridrik Karlsson.
Follow the DVD and book for tips and techniques on all elements of baby massage and play the accompanying CDs to truly perfect the spa experience for mummies and babies. Click here to check out the fabulous Tiddley Pom range now stocked in Debenhams.