The finalists for the prestigious mumandworking 2011 Awards have been announced – and Tracey-Jane Hughes, and the BraLady network is amongst them!

Over 400 nominations in total were made this year and Tracey-Jane Hughes from bras4mums and the BraLady network is a finalist in two categories – Business Parent of the Year, and Franchisor of the Year.

bras4mums is a specialist maternity and nursing bra company, offering an online shop with support from expert bra fitters. The Bra Lady network has developed over the last year to grow the home bra fitting service started by T-J 7 years ago in the North West. There are currently 10 areas covered by home bra fitters offering specialist bras to women in their own homes and through breastfeeding groups and antenatal clincs, with more areas being developed all the time.

T-J, said: “I’m delighted to have been shortlisted for these 2 awards. Developing the bras4mums business has been difficult, particularly these last few years during the recession and with the death my mother. The Business Parent award is recognition of the hard work I’ve put in to support women across the UK, from having experienced incorrect bra fitting advice when I was pregnant and breastfeeding.

“The Bra Lady network is still growing, so it’s a wonderful achievement that it’s being recognised as a franchise opportunity for women who want to work flexibly around their family or other jobs. It’s a very rewarding self-employment opportunity, and with so many women experiencing difficulties getting the right bra for them, we know that there are opportunities to develop a BraLady business in every town in the UK. I’m delighted to be able to support other women develop their own business.”

The 2011 mumandworking awards are organised by and reward, recognise and celebrate the companies and individuals that make flexible working possible. Our aim is to prove that family-friendly employment not only supports family life but gives real benefits to the companies involved.

Sarah Beeny, TV presenter, author, entrepreneur and Mum attended the awards in 2010 and said of this year’s event

“As a mum of four boys, aged 6,5,2 and 1 – I completely understand the importance of flexible working and the value of spending time with your family. It’s great that the mumandworking awards celebrate the people who are making this possible for parents across the UK and its great to see so many successful mums out there taking part “.

The awards will be hosted this year by the fabulous inspirational coach Alexandra Watson as seen on the X-Factor, across the national press and founder of the ‘Happiness System at Work’. There are 7 exciting different award categories which embrace the full spectrum, celebrating working parents, flexible employers, mumpreneurs/parents in business alongside 2 new awards for the best start up of the year and the best growing business.

On October 10, all finalists are invited to the fabulous Thistle Hotel, Brighton for the exciting awards ceremony which will take place as part of The Business Mums Summit with keynote speakers Kate Garraway and Laura Tenison MBE.

The esteemed judging panel, many of whom are award winners themselves are also all business experts, real achievers in their field and fully support and examplify the flexible, family-friendly working model. The winners will walk away with a selection of indulgent prizes worth nearly £3000 in total.