Inspiring Women - FreshIdeas Events Mentor Competition

Ten women have had their dreams of being mentored by some of the most successful women in business become a reality this week as FreshIdeas Events announces the winners of this year's Mentor Competition.

Ten Lucky Winners for the BT FreshIdeas Mentor Competition

And one of them is Remote Employment's Paula Wynne! Paula, pictured on the far left, is now working with one of the UK's most high profile and successful businesswomen - Karen Darby - who will help Paula and Remote Employment to achieve their goals. 

Paula Wynne from Remote Employment meets Karen Darby

Eager entrpreneurs from across London entered the competition in the hope of having their ideas put into practice with the help of the best in the industry. And the ten winners were matched to one of the ten mentors at an awards ceremony on the 34th floor of the prestigious BT Tower. 

Paula, Director of Remote Employment has been matched to inspirational entrepreneur and founder of SimplySwitch, Karen Darby, who sold her company to the Daily Mail in 2006 for £22m.

Paula says: "This competition is excellent for a businesswoman like myself to get access to the skill, experience and wealth of knowledge that the mentors will provide. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with Karen, who has so much enthusiasm and energy for the concept of remote working. With Karen's help and guidance, we look forward to taking Remote Employment to the next level of growth."

Inspirational entrepreneur and founder of SimplySwitch, Karen Darby, who sold her company to the Daily Mail in Paula from Remote Employment meets Mentor Karen Darby2006 for £22m, says: "I am delighted to be working with Paula and Remote Employment. This is a fabulous idea that can make a real difference to the employment culture in the UK. It is a concept that can help employers recruit talented job seekers and help job seekers improve their quality of life while maintaining a career path at the same time. I look forward to helping Remote Employment grow and achieve their vision."

This extraordinary panel of women who unquestionably 'Make A Difference' when it comes to female success in business are from a variety of sectors and background.

The eclectic panel include:
* Karen Darby (panel right), founder of SimplySwitch, sold to the Daily Mail for £22m.
* Karen Hanton (right), Founder and Chief Executive of
* Sumerah Ahmad, Co-Founder and Director of Club Asia Radio 963+972AM.
* Jo Haigh, Author and Head of Corporate Finance of MGR who has bought and sold over 300 companies in the last 20 years.
* Polly Gowers, Founder of, a search engine that gives half of its revenue to charity.

Read the successful Mentor profiles here. And meet the winners of the Mentor Competition.

The Mentors meet the Mentees

Jackie Brennan, creator of the Mentor Competition and Director of Fresh Ideas says: "Mentoring is an excellent way to give entrepreneurs confidence as well as essential knowledge and skills.   The winners will have the chance to  learn from some of the best women in business and to  benefit from the array of valuable experience the women have."Women in Business Mentor Competition

Business Link  provides help and advice to businesses is also supporting the competition. Fran Currie from Business Link in London says: "We are proud to be supporting the competition as it gives women from the capital the opportunity to start and grow their businesses with the confidence of having an experienced mentor advising them on their way to success." 

FreshIdeas Events creates exciting and inspiring events. They run networking events for entrepreneurs planning a business, just started or already established in business.  They also design and run Women in Business events for companies who want to attract and retain female talent. 

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