We have reached the finals!


Yes its true – we are very happy bunnies over at Bellissimo and Simply Events!  Last week we were delighted to discover that we had been shortlisted to reach the finals of the Langtry Manor Business Woman Awards 2011 in the category of Small Business of the Year.  This award is sponsored by The Federation of Small Businesses and they are looking for a small business with a big attitude to business!  Well – we think that’s definitely us as we have had a big attitude to making it in business from day 1!  Bellissimo is in its third busy year and Simply Events, the sister company, was launched at the end of 2010.  
Bellissimo is a wedding planning business which concentrates on helping couples plan amazing and unique weddings and Simply Events concentrates on private and corporate event planning for individuals and businesses.  Both businesses were started by Melanie Kiani and Bellissimo was launched in September of 2008.  Both businesses were started single handedly without the recourse to any form of borrowing or assistance and started in the dining room!  Business has grown from a complete standing start after a lot of effort and research and months of planning in advance.  Business is tough in the market which we are all currently working in so probably not the best time to start a business – but when is?!  Melanie has worked hard over the last 3 years to create a good business platform and profile in the local community and has taken on a student, Frances, from the local University Events Management Degree for her placement year to help her on her way into future business.  Frances herself was nominated and shortlisted as a semi finalist in the Business Woman of the Future category in these awards which was a great achievement for a young business woman.  So, the hopes for the future is that both Bellissimo and Simply Events will continue to grow and build on the good relationship which has been created over the past three years.  
The Langtry Manor Business Woman Awards were set up to reward the achievement of women in business in the local area.  There are 11 award categories this year in total all sponsored by female friendly businesses – two of them are voted by the public. 
The awards dinner where the winners will be announced is taking place on 19th May at The Langtry Manor in Bournemouth and we are really looking forward to being there on the night and are thrilled to have been placed in this category as one of the finalists alongside two other very worthy finalists.  
We will keep you posted on the results but whatever happens we are pleased to in the running!  Thank you to Tara  Howard of The Langtry Manor and PPR Media Solutions who have put these awards together for the past two years and are clearly doing a great job in recognising and rewarding the strong place which women in business have in the local area. 
Wish us luck 

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