Hot on the heels of winning the endorsement of TV Dragons’ Den star and entrepreneur, Theo Paphitis, AfroDeity Ltd has also wowed Jacqueline Gold CEO of Ann Summers Ltd. On Wednesday AfroDeity Ltd was one of three businesses chosen for Jacqueline Gold’s ‘Women In Business’ award. Women On Wednesday or #WOW is a social campaign set up by Jacqueline in 2011 to support women in business, an area she is incredibly passionate about.
Each week Jacqueline encourages female business owners to tweet her a short overview of their business. Jacqueline then picks her three top entries for that week and re-tweets them to her followers (currently over 37,000). At the end of the year Jacqueline also picks her three top #WOW winners from the year for a mentoring lunch at The Ivy in London.
AfroDeity features and retails Caribbean Inspired natural hair and skin products including healing oils from Jamaica. Alicia Thornthwaite, co-founder of AfroDeity, said, “Having our business recognised by such a successful female entrepreneur is just amazing and an incredible boost. We really do appreciate what Jacqueline is doing as we too are passionate about getting women to see that they can be successful in business too”
Jacqueline said “For me #WOW is all about inspiring and celebrating women in business. There are so many great businesses launching every day and whilst it’s an extremely exciting time, it can also be a very nerve wracking and lonely time. I hope that #WOW offers a place for women to network and celebrate each others successes, I know that every week I am so proud of all the incredible women that enter and am thrilled to see so many women achieving such great things.”
Jacqueline Gold is chief executive of Ann Summers and Knickerbox and is renowned for managing a company run by women, for women.