Yorkshire female CEO crowned supplier of the year

Samantha Toolsie, category sponsor and Emily Newstead

Former NatWest Spark graduate, and female entrepreneur, Emily Newstead, has been crowned “Corporate Gifting Supplier of the Year”, having grown a unique, luxury gifting and branded merchandise business, Bow.Gifts, which now services business across Yorkshire and the UK, as well as cracking the International market – now shipping to 20 destinations worldwide.

Bow.Gifts pipped national retailers including John Lewis, Kiehl’s, Spicers of Hythe and Wheelers Luxury Gifts to the post, in The PA Awards 2018, which were nominated, and voted on by the local business community.

CEO & Founder Emily Newstead said: “This award represents so much for me personally and also the team behind the brand. It shows that hard work is recognised and when pursing your passion, even when its seems difficult to do so, and it does actually pay off and bring rewarding milestone moments in your life such as these. 

It was an absolute honour to be nominated, and to have an opportunity to compete against established corporate giants. Winning is a huge accolade for myself, the team, and the business.”

She added: “I am so incredibly proud to be the CEO & Founder of a business which has been set up and run by a woman. Where in the past, the world of business has been dominated by men, we are recognising that the time for change and new possibilities for successful business women to lead is now.

“I think we should continue to celebrate the growth of male and female entrepreneurs jointly, but it is very empowering to feel like I have shaped a moment in time that may inspire and give a voice to other women to do it for themselves as well, where they may have otherwise thought it wasn’t a playing field for them to be a part of.”  

Bow.Gifts is on the cusp of its fourth year in business, currently working on new technology to enable businesses to embrace the advances in technology to configure unique and bespoke packages.


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