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PACEY member reaches final of national business awards

PACEY Member Stephanie Brown was a finalist in the Small Business award category in the Networking Mummies UK Ltd Recognition National Business Awards. The prestigious awards received over 600 entries but Stephanie was the only childminder to reach the final.

Stephanie, pictured right at the awards ceremony, set up Steph's Childminding Services in Oct 2014 with 10 years experience in childcare. She was praised for the flexible service she offers, and her nomination was supported by parents, one of which stated: "Steph has helped me out so much with her flexible childminding, over nights and weekends, which as a single mum has given me the chance to take jobs I never normally would be able to. She is also able to collect and drop off my daughter which is great as I do not drive. I have been able to complete university and take jobs with shift patterns, my daughter has made friends and loves the fun activities”.

Another parent commented: “I love the flexibility, I don't know any other providers willing to open at 5.55am. I would not be able to do my job without Stephanie.”

Stephanie was cited as an inspiration to friends and family in the way she overcame personal and financial barriers to set up her business.

The awards ceremony took place this month, and while Stephanie may not have won, she fought off stiff competition to reach the final. “I am delighted to be noticed for what I do and how it really is supporting families to be able to return to work and follow their own desired jobs”.

This is the third year Networking Mummies UK Ltd have hosted their National Business Awards to recognise hard working mums and dads across the country.

Liz Bayram, PACEY’s Chief Executive comments: “Offering a quality, flexible service is something that the government has recognised as being vital to the successful delivery of the extended free entitlement. The service that Stephanie provides is highly regarded by the parents she works with and demonstrates, not just that there is a real demand for flexible childcare, but how much it is appreciated. We are delighted that Stephanie’s approach has been recognised in this way.”