Best Female Entrepreneur

Sponsor: Minesoft

Minesoft is a global software company specialising in online patent information products and services. Our areas of expertise include Patent Information, Intellectual Property document retrieval, Patent Analytics, Patent Archiving and Competitive Intelligence and all areas of Industrial Research including chemistry, engineering and technology.

Our solutions – including PatBase, the international searchable patent database – are designed to help organisations exploit the commercial value of IP and scientific information throughout the innovation process. We serve many Fortune 500/FTSE 100 companies around the world, as well as specialist IP, patent attorney and search firms.

Founded in 1996 by Ann Chapman and Ophir Daniel and headquartered in Richmond, Minesoft meets the needs of a fast-growing global client base with international customer support (including locations in USA, Japan, Germany and Israel), and by partnering with some of the information industry’s leading names. Minesoft won the Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2009.

Minesoft is proud to sponsor the Richmond Business Awards recognising and celebrating local businesses, and would like to wish all nominees the best of luck!

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Entry Guidelines:

By popular request, as well as entering yourself, you can nominate your boss or someone who has impressed you and to do so, please follow the guidelines below, pay the entry fee and send us your details as well as the nominee’s contact details.

To enter you need to be a business or organisation in Richmond upon Thames or do significant work in the borough. When completing the entry forms please use metrics for example proportion of turnover, %, numbers in your evidence – this will assist in the judging. All sizes of businesses and organisations are invited to enter and all will be judged according to their size. If you do not have all the answers you could still win – our independent judges will judge you fairly. The number of characters allowed per question indicates the maximum – by no means do you have to use all of these to answer the questions fully. Please attach any additional evidence such as press releases or testimonials or confidential business balance sheets to support your entry.

Prior to entering the Awards this year, please pay the entry fee using the PAY ENTRY FEE button below. This entitles your business to: enter multiple 2021 Richmond Business Awards; 2 tickets to attend The Summer Awards Ball, so you and your colleagues can enjoy the fun event including a drinks reception by the iconic Twickenham Rugby pitch, fine dining and dancing in the stunning on trend The Lock; and last but not least so you can pick up your Award should you win. Before paying the fee, join the Richmond Chamber of Commerce to access the subsidised Awards Entry Fee, the extensive business network, compelling advertising and PR packages, free mentoring services, varied weekly events, facilitation services and more. These Entry Fee seats can be added to a table for 10 should you wish to purchase a table so that we can accommodate tables of 12. Please note that the entry fee is paid only once and entitles your business or organisation to enter multiple Awards.

If you have any questions about entering any of the categories, the process or anything else please contact us at and the team will be delighted to assist you.

Entry Form for Best Female Entrepreneur

    Your Name

    Your Job Title

    Your Email

    Your Phone Number (mobile and/or landline)


    If nominating someone, their name

    If nominating someone, their job title

    If nominating someone, their email address

    If nominating someone, their phone number

    Name of business or organisation

    Please indicate the business sector, type of activity, approximate turnover & no. of employees

    1. Is the business either based or does it trade significantly within The Borough of Richmond upon Thames?

    2. How has the business evolved and grown - has it moved location is it local/international, taken on employees, has the turnover increased, has the distribution/delivery branched out into new territories/industries?

    3. What impact has the business had on its industry sector? Is it beating competitors, or providing strong competition to bigger names?

    4. Describe the business strategy for now/the future and how it delivers for the business. 500 words

    5. What were the goals when the business started? Has it over-achieved? Has the business vision changed?

    6. Did the business face any financial restrictions or funding/investment barriers?

    7. Were there any legal issues?

    8. Were there any personal issues that had to be overcome - e.g. family commitments, confidence?

    9. Did you/nominee learn new skills for the business, take courses or gain qualifications?

    10. Were there any economic issues that acted as a barrier – unemployment or having to let staff go? Did you/nominee have a previous business that didn't work out?

    11. Did you/nominee have to break industry barriers in making the business a success – e.g. making a name for themselves in a male-dominated industry, or entering a new and untested industry?

    12. Tell the judges about your/nominee's achievements such as awards, qualifications or accreditations?

    13. What personal achievements spurred you/nominee onto create a business - have you climbed a mountain, completed a marathon, invested in other successful businesses or lobbied the local council for change?

    14. Please describe how the business responded to Covid: any innovation or diversification to reach new sectors or customers; health and safety measures applied to keep everyone safe; how directors maintained and enhanced communications during lockdown; and any other improvements made as a direct result of the pandemic.

    15. Who will collect the Award at the awards ceremony should you/nominee win?

    Please upload your company logo (high res and low res versions please) and any other documents relevant to your entry here (max. 5Mb)