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Wendover businesswoman wins again at awards ceremony

Thumbsie was the idea of Jo Bates and she's had huge success.

Published by Dan Gooding at 3:01pm 19th October 2019. 3-minute read.

Wendover businesswoman wins again at awards ceremony

A mum from Wendover has scooped another award for her invention.

Thumbsie® has won the Best Woman in a Consumer or Retail Business at the Best Business Women Awards 2019, a prestigious national award with the finals held in London.

This competition seeks to find the very best female business talent from across the UK often those who are also juggling the needs of their families at the same time.

Jo Bates won best consumer business with her highly successful solution to thumb sucking.

Finger or thumb sucking, can be a very difficult habit to break, creating stress in many families where children struggle to give up.

Persistent sucking can cause dental problems for children who suck either fingers or thumbs once their adult teeth grow in.

The Thumbsie® is a fabric glove which comes in a variety of child-friendly patterns and sizes.

The glove is worn over the digit that is sucked creating a physical barrier to stop sucking and acts as a constant reminder. The website also includes gentle and encouraging advice and support for those trying to give up.

Jo is thrilled at winning:

"I am over the moon that Thumbsie® has won this award.

"The feedback that I get from people who use it is so positive – it really does offer children a gentle and effective way to stop sucking.

"The Thumbsie® has helped hundreds of children to stop sucking for over 6 years now, and I hope that this award will mean that even more families find out how to take the stress out of stopping.

"I am just delighted that I made my dream to work for myself come true and that that all the hard work has paid off."

Debbie Gilbert, organiser of The Best Business Women Awards said:

"We were delighted with the hundreds of entries this year, which came in from all over the UK. This is a tough competition judged by business experts.

"To win is a major achievement. Winners were selected for their business acumen, determination, creativity and tenacity. Our
winners are shining examples of being amazing entrepreneurs."

The judges commented that the Best Consumer Business category had very strong competition, adding:

"Here is a very unique business which identified a gap in the market and is very successful on so many levels. This business gets the thumbs up."

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