Meet Our Hostess

Alison Edgar (The Entrepreneur's Godmother & one of the UK's top business advisers).


Alison is mentor to some of the UK’s biggest entrepreneur’s (she has some very famous clients). Alison Edgar is an outgoing, highly organised, determined business woman with a passion for people and helping businesses grow. Regularly featured in The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Mail on Sunday and the Guardian, Alison is no stranger to national press coverage.

                        Meet Our Judges

Judging of nominations will be happening in Decemeber 2018

Paul Waite
CEO of Aspen Waite. (Main Awards Sponsor)

Paul is a driven and passionate individual with a wealth of experience across a range of the UK and International industries and sectors. Paul has a strong background in marketing and accounting. Paul specializes in working with SMEs and has a proven track record in helping them to grow and succeed.  Having worked for “the big four”, Paul has gained a national reputation within the accountancy sector, his experience and industry knowledge has to lead him on to work with any sized company throughout the UK

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Roslyn Bell 
National Female Property Tycoon with a £14 Million Business Empire.

When only given years to live, Rosyln Bell developed a Business Plan from her hospital bed. She wanted to ensure that her children had a stable future if the doctor's prognosis was correct. Thankfully it wasn't and Roslyn Roslyn went on to business a £14 Million Business Empire. 

After 28yrs as a female in a male-dominated industry, Rosyln is a serial entrepreneur, business owner and investor that brings a vast wealth of knowledge and experience to the judging panel. She hasn't just fought sickness, she has battled some of the nation's biggest banks and successfully won. Roslyn is looking to recognise and reward courage, self-belief and the determination to make it happen against all the odds.

Ben Towers 

Award Winning Young Entrepreneur aged 19 who carried out a multi-million-pound merger of his company he started from his bedroom when aged 11. 



Ben Towers who has been named by Richard Branson as “one of the UK’s most exciting entrepreneurs who at only 19 years old recently completed a multi-million-pound merger with his marketing agency he founded when just 11. Ben brings a different approach when judging, which is derived from his own experience as a young business-minded teen who has grown to become a multi-award winner by the age of 19. Ben has been named as one of the most influential entrepreneurs on the planet and already has a wealth of experience and knowledge to pass on in this fascinating talk looking at his journey from his bedroom to the boardroom.


Jackie Chappell
The First Woman CEO of British Rail, Award Winning Business Woman, Serial Entrepreneur.  

When Jackie Chappell went to her first board meeting within British Rail they thought that she was the minute taker; they were wrong she was the NEW CEO! Jackie Chappell brings a huge amount of corporate experience to this years judging panel as she has smashed the ceiling of one if Britains hardest industries.
Jackie has worked with UK Prime Ministers, Cabinet Members and Union Bosses. In this male-dominated sector, Jackie Chappell had a successful career in the rail industry where she rose from being a part-time employee selling tickets to become the Chief Executive of the Industry’s Training and Competence Company, making her the first ever women CEO in the British rail industry. After leaving the rail industry, Jackie has gone to a build a mega business empire within Thames Valley which now is also a market leader within her industry. 
Jackie continues to fight for equality and challenges perceptions to help women put their best foot forward in their career.

Juliane Ponan 
The Award Winning Young Entrepreneur who tamed BBC Dragon Deborah Meaden.

Julianne has recently appeared on  BBC’s Dragon’s Den and secured an investment offer from Deborah Meaden. Julianne has won many awards it is hard to list them all. Just some of the awards that she has won are as follows “The Guardian’s “Business Leader of the Year award” and has also been awarded “Young Person in Business Award” by the FSB. Julianne is incredibly inspirational and one of the UK's youngest and most successful entrepreneurs.
Julianne took her business from loss to profit within 18 months and has managed to get her products stocked across the UK in some of the nation's biggest supermarkets (ASDA, TESCO's, CO-OP, SAINSBURYS).

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James Phipps
Chairman of Excalibur and Serial Entrepreneur. 


James is Swindon born and bred, has a passion for the area and is one of the South West's leading business entrepreneur's with several businesses based within the region. James has also won Wiltshire Business Person of the year in 2011 and 2012. He is a keen supporter of charities and good causes, helping around 100 in the last two years. James is frequently featured in national press and is much sought after. As a keen champion of SME's James brings a wealth of experience to the panel.

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Anita Jaynes
Respected Female Entrepreneur & CEO  


Anita immersed herself in the media industry from the age of 15. She started off as a presenter on Bath Hospital Radio and used her experience to secure paid for jobs in BBC and commercial radio from the age of 17. Anita continued to work in the media whilst completing her Media Communications degree. Her experience spans radio, TV, print, digital and social media, including journalism and media sales. Anita set up her own media company, The Business Exchange South West Limited in 2013.

Anita is passionate about helping SMEs grow and goes the extra mile to produce a campaign that exceed expectations.



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             How Does The Judging Work?


  • Judges will consider each entry submission against the category criteria and their own discretion based on their relevant expertise.
  • Judges will review all nominations and will then develop a short list for each category.
  • The role of the Chair of Judges is to clarify the criteria, and to mediate in the event of a draw to determine a clear winner. The Chair of Judges does not have a casting vote.
  • Judges' decisions are final and binding; and no discussions or correspondence will be entered into relating to any of their decisions.
  • Any entrant who, in the opinion of the judges or the organisers, is perceived to have harassed or bribed any member of the panel or the South West Business and Community Awards team will have their entry disqualified.
  • The South West Business and Community Awards reserves the right to withdraw an entry from the judging process at any time if the entry is deemed inappropriate for any reason.
  • If it is found that any entrant has knowingly provided false information on their application for their entry, The South West Business and Community Awards reserves the right to withdraw any award at any time submitted by that organisation.
  • By entering or agreeing to participate in The South West Business and Community Awards, all entrants agree to the above terms and conditions.
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