United Kingdom, 15th November 2023 – Purpol Marketing and founder Denise O’Leary MBE were named the winner of 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze Stevie® Awards in 2023 Stevie® Awards For Women In Business held in New York City, USA on 10th November 2023. With an additional 2 wins of Silver and Bronze for their client Cherishers 811 CIC, Purpol were also recognised with a Grand Stevie® Award.
The Stevie® Awards for Women in Business honour the achievements of women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run– worldwide. The Stevie® Award has been hailed as the world’s premier business award.
Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners during a gala event attended by nominees and their guests at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The event was broadcast via Livestream.
More than 1,600 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 100 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Company of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Women Run Workplace of the Year. Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie® Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 200 business professionals around the world, working on six juries.
Denise O’Leary MBE won 2 Gold Stevie® Awards in the Categories: Mentor or Coach of the Year – Marketing/Public Relations/Social Media and The Best Female Entrepreneur in Europe, the Middle East & Africa.
She additionally won 3 Silver Stevie® Awards for Social Change Maker of the Year – Disability; Mentor or Coach of the Year – Government or Non-Profit and also Most Innovative Woman of the Year – Government or Non-Profit for the work Denise has done raising over £280k in grant funding for charities since July 2021.
Furthermore, Denise was recognised with 2 Bronze awards in the categories Woman of the Year – Government or Non-Profit and Achievement in Equal Pay.
As Purpol have supported Cherishers 811 on a ‘no win no fee basis’ for grant writing during the pandemic, Denise secretly wrote award entries for Cherishers 811 CIC and was delighted to inform them they were finalist in both the Equal Pay and Organisation of the Year – Government or Non-Profit– More Than 10 Employees categories. Cherishers 811 were ultimately recognised with a Bronze for Achievement in Equal Pay and a Silver for Organisation of the Year – Government or Non-Profit– More Than 10 Employees.
Top 5 Awards are five best-of-competition prizes that were presented to the organisations that submitted the best collection of entries to the Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, in their own name or in the names of one or more clients. The winners of these prizes were awarded the Grand Stevie Award trophy.
Winners were determined by a points system based on the total number of awards won in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, with a Gold Stevie win counting for 3 points, a Silver Stevie for 2 points, and a Bronze Stevie counting for 1.5.
Purpol Marketing ranked #3 worldwide, above many multinational organisations – to give an idea of scale IBM claimed the #1 position!
From Purpol’s Gold Stevie® Award winning entries the panel of international judges commented: “In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, Denise is passionate about giving back. I love all the various ways she has helped women, youth and charities thrive during the pandemic” and “The testimonials speak volumes as to the impact Denise has had on others. A good mentor can be the difference between a successful bid for business and a lost opportunity. Denise clearly adds value to her niche industry!”
Maggie Miller, president of the Stevie Awards, said, “In its 20th year, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business received an outstanding body of nominations from women in organizations of all types, in 26 nations. We are gratified by how meaningful it is to women to win a Stevie Award, and how impactful it can be on the futures of their careers and their organizations. We congratulate all of this year’s Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners for their achievements.”
Purpol Founder Denise O’Leary MBE commented “We are honoured, amazed and thrilled to be recognised across such a variety of categories. To know that our mentoring, marketing, bid writing and charity grant writing have been acclaimed as exemplary by worldwide judges just goes to prove that small businesses can achieve international recognition. The icing on the cake was that our friends Cherishers also won 2 awards and we could all celebrate together. And to win a Grand Stevie Award against the largest and most prestigious organisations worldwide – what a thrill, the The Big Apple did not disappoint!”
Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of winners in all categories are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women. Entries for the 2024 Stevie Awards for Women in Business will open in May 2024.
Denise is also taking bookings for her new award writing programme to support others wo would like to be recognised with a Stevie award – register your interest at
About Denise O’Leary MBE and Purpol Marketing
Denise O’Leary MBE is the founder of Purpol Marketing who are bid writing and marketing strategy experts holding an impressive 90+% win rate with £3.8bn opportunity secured to date. Her book WINNER has been an Amazon No1 bestseller. Denise measures her success on how much her clients win and is sharing knowledge as an author, mentor and speaker. Purpol mentor on marketing and how to win awards, grants and bids.
About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. A ninth program, the Stevie Awards for Technology Excellence, will debut in 2024. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com