Brief Marketing Win Super Service Award

Local female entrepreneurs celebrated at Awards ceremony 

The winners of the first Hampshire Women’s Business Awards have been announced.

Shining a spotlight on female entrepreneurs across the county, the Awards recognised and celebrated creativity, community, business enterprise and excellent service.

With more than 180 businesswomen and their guests in attendance the awards were given out at a special gala dinner at St Mary’s Football Stadium in Southampton on Saturday 17 November.

In total more than 100 businesses were nominated across the eight awards. Nominations were announced in August and more than 9800 votes were cast. Finalists were announced last month, and the winners have been chosen by a panel of judges including the sponsors from each award.

Brief Marketing announced as winners of the Super Service Award


Brief Marketing background

Brief Marketing was founded in 2017 by Charlotte Barsby and Jo Cutting; they realised that their concise approach borne from corporate expertise and rigour, combined with pragmatism and common sense, and the intense focus to get good work done quickly that motherhood overlays, could be incredibly useful to the high number of growing businesses in their local area.

Their clients range from e-commerce entrepreneurs through family businesses to large SMEs serving huge corporates, on retained and project based Brief Engagements, with Awesome Briefs to help businesses get the best from other specialists, and education via Brief Encounter workshops.

Charlotte said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won the award for Super Service. The category epitomizes everything we stand for and reinforces the feedback from our clients, that our pragmatic no nonsense approach to marketing delivers tangible benefits. Plus it’s always lovely to celebrate and party with other inspiring businesses!”

Jo said: “We were thrilled to win this award in recognition of the lengths we go to for our clients.  We genuinely care about making a positive difference to their business.  Our first year in business has been hard work, juggling parenting, volunteer work and growing a new company, and this award comes right after some glowing feedback from clients.  It’s added a real sparkle to our year.”

A word from the awards organiser Trudy Simmons

The Awards were organised by Trudy Simmons who runs the Hampshire Women’s Business Facebook group.

Trudy set up the Facebook group last year to provide business women across Hampshire a place to receive support and guidance to expand their businesses. It has been very well received and now has more than 2,800 members. The group includes a wide range of businesses from legal services to web design to corporate photography to cafes and restaurants.

Trudy said: “The Awards evening was a very special night and it was amazing to see so many tenacious and dedicated businesswomen in one room. The atmosphere was electric. I would like to congratulate all our winner and finalists. Each one of them demonstrates excellent service and a great business mind.

“I am delighted with how many entries we received and how many votes were cast. Women in business need to be celebrated. There is still a misconception that female business owners are just running hobby businesses – that is not the case and the amount of strong, inspirational business women that have been involved in these Awards demonstrates that. I cannot wait to start planning next year’s event.”

Notes to Editors

  1.  A full list of Winners and Finalists can be obtained by contacting Trudy Simmons.
  2. For more information about BRIEF MARKETING visit the Brief Marketing Website, our Facebook page, Linked In and twitter.
  3. Photographs provided by Nadja Litau Photography
  4. To arrange an interview with Jo or Charlotte contact:
    Jo Cutting:
    Charlotte Barsby:

Information about all the categories:

Phenomenal Product
Identifying incredible and unique products created in our local area. Products show value as well as solve a specific need despite the price point.

Super Service
Recognising superb services online or in-person. Service providers including consultants, coaches and freelancers will show level of care and service, customer satisfaction and client transformation from using their service.

Beautiful Bricks and Mortar Business
Celebrating our bricks and mortar shops, stores and outlets. You will be known within the community and have a business people visit in-person.

Reach for the Stars
Supporting a new business owner to keep dreaming big. In business for less than two years, they are unstoppable and demonstrate huge potential for their business.

Dream BIG Award
A business owner who has nailed the big dream. In business for over two years, they can demonstrate growth, have repeatedly ventured outside their comfort zone, adapted to changes with the marketplace and have a sustainable business model for the future.

Entrepreneurial Spirit
A special entrepreneur who single handedly overcame hurdles in the last two years to get where they are now.

Local Spirit Award
Recognising a special social enterprise or charity that solve a need and serve the local community in an outstanding way.

The Hampshire Women’s Business of the YEAR
The prestigious award for the best overall business of the year. This business will demonstrate growth, obstacles they overcame and standout evidence of their astounding achievements.


  1. As well as running Hampshire Women’s Business Group, Trudy also runs several networking events in Hampshire (Winchester, Whitchurch, Fareham and Southampton designed to bring women together to share expertise and advice. She also runs The Chain Reaction Mastermind which involves both group and one-to-one business coaching sessions and The Crazy Daisy Clarity Club, a series of online workshops delivered by experts allowing women to build momentum in their business and develop new skills.
  2. The Hampshire Women’s Business Group:
  3. The Daisy Chain Group:
  4. To arrange an interview with Trudy please contact:
    Trudy Simmons:
  5. Images are available upon request.




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