Your Call Magazine founder and MD Lynne Heard won the ‘Inspirational Business Owner’ highly commended title at the National Magazine Publishers Awards 2014. This is the second year the judges have recognised and awarded Lynne who took the Inspirational Business owner accolade at the 2013 awards.
Lynne, together with her husband Steven, joint owners of Your Call Magazine attended the conference and black tie dinner and awards ceremony, hosted by Quay Systems on 3rd October at The Heart of England conference and events centre in Coventry.
Lynne said ‘I am thrilled with this award win and would like to express our sincere thanks to all our customers and readers who have supported Your Call Magazine over the last nine years to make all this possible.’
The ceremony took place after the magazine publishers’ conference, a full day of networking, motivational and educational opportunities for the community magazine industry. Delegates could network with inspiring individuals such as Brad Burton - quoted by Theo Phaphitis as being ‘A Northern Anthony Robbins’, to leading business coaches and publishing experts.
Lynne’s entry stood out amongst hundreds of entries from the UK and overseas to the esteemed judges. Having taken 12 months to recover from Viral Meningitis, Lynne sought a ‘work/life’ balance, and established the business independently in 2005. As the business grew Lynne left her corporate career whilst her children were still young in 2007, to pursue her dream of growing the business further. Three years later she was terribly unlucky to be struck down with Viral Meningitis for a second time. Despite being incredibly ill, she still managed to keep the business ticking over as she didn’t want to let any customers down. Lynne even carried out some work from hospital to meet a deadline once she was over the worst, and as soon as she was fully recovered some months later, her husband Steve also joined her in the business, to expand and grow the business together.
The business has now grown to produce eight magazines covering different areas across the Coventry and Warwickshire area; further expanded to include a leaflet printing and distribution service, a community website with online business directory, a smartphone mobile App, and a strong social media presence.
Richard Denny: Business growth specialist, Chairman Richard Denny Global Ltd
Ian Dickson: Multi award winning business coach and mentor, motivational speaker
Dee Blick: Number 1 bestselling small business marketing author
Peter Houston: Social media expert and 25 year publishing veteran
Nina Duncan: Professional photographer and founder of Paparella
The judges comments about Your Call Magazine – ‘A true example of building a successful business with determination and positive thinking to overcoming setbacks, and clearly demonstrating the ‘pay it forward’ and abundant mindset. Your Call helps other magazine owners achieve success and avoid costly mistakes. Notwithstanding previous health challenges this business owner is both truly inspirational and abundant.’
The judges also recognised that Your Call Magazine is a constant source of support for local businesses in the Coventry and Warwickshire area. Your Call offers advice and helps local businesses succeed and grow by marketing their products and services through print, online marketing and social media services. The business also supports and promotes numerous charities, local groups and community events through the magazine every year.
Lynne and Steve are also a constant source of support and inspiration for other like-minded magazine owners across the UK and keen supporters of the charity Meningitis Now.
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