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A Thatcham woman has received a national award for her “success as a female entrepreneur”.

Advanced grief recovery specialist Debi Richens was awarded a ‘#WOW’ badge on April 1 after applying to an online competition headed by executive chair of lingerie store Ann Summers Jacqueline Gold.

The competition, which is run via social media, recognised Ms Richens for her work on her business The Soul Phoenix, which aims to heal intimate relationship trauma.

Debi said it was a "real surprise" to be chosen
Debi said it was a "real surprise" to be chosen

She said: "It was a real surprise, I was so blown away.

"I couldn't be more grateful. [Jacqueline] has given me an opportunity to take my business up a step with that recognition.

"I have been working to grow this over the last three years through deaths of parents and Covid, it has been a rocky road so this is a wonderful step up."

The awards, which were set up in 2011, are a bid to create a community for businesswomen and celebrate the “growing number of UK female entrepreneurs".

Mrs Gold said: “Debi is doing an incredible job mentoring and coaching women who have experienced different types of trauma.

“With Debi's support, she allows you to explore your loss in a safe and secure environment where you can be completely open without judgement.”

She added: “Working on yourself and your past trauma is so important, and Debi is doing a fantastic job.”

The weekly competition looks to award businesses that are “interesting”, “with strong brand values” and run by women with “good business acumen”.

Applications can be made by leaving a comment on Mrs Gold's Twitter or Instagram page.



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