Local businesswoman Suzi Zobair has been shortlisted for the prestigious Sole Trader Award at this year’s Enterprise Vision Awards (EVA) for her clear commitment to the success of her digital business Smart Bear Creative.
First Class honours graduate Suzi Zobair is designing her own future. Graduating at 35 years old in Multimedia and the Internet from Salford University, Suzi decided to fully embrace her passion for web development and social media and create a successful business from it. Since establishing Smart Bear Creative in 2013, she has stormed ahead and has now officially been shortlisted for the prestigious Sole Trader Award at the 2014 Enterprise Vision Awards.
Suzi’s fascination for the digital industry began over 10 years ago but it was her genuine desire to help others and utilise her skill that stemmed her inspiration to attend university as a mature student to become accredited with that she felt were essential qualifications required to become a fully-fledged web developer. Her sole goal was to combine her technical and entrepreneurial skills to launch her own business and therefore, taking her destiny into her own hands, Smart Bear Creative was born on the eve of Suzi’s 35th birthday as a small independent business. Services began with bespoke website design, social media development and search engine optimisation (SEO), however, due to popular demand for her cost-effective, and no-nonsense exceptional services, in September 2013, Suzi began to provide workshops training others on how to further develop their businesses independently.
The judges at EVA have clearly understood Suzi’s commitment to offering a quality service that provides specialised expertise whilst taking into consideration the limited budgets small and new businesses face. Originally from Todmorden and now working from Manchester, Suzi grasps the needs of all of her clients in and around both areas who can all speak only too highly of the service they receive.
Given the challenges in the technology and computer sciences sector, Suzi comments, “I am hopeful that this award will not only further develop my Smart Bear Creative brand but also encourage other women to follow their dreams and shine in this male dominated industry by providing them with the confidence that women can thrive in business too, just as I have”.
The combination of Suzi’s technical and business skills with her future plans for the business are clear indicators of why Suzi should and probably will win this award. To be shortlisted is a true honour for Suzi and she is overwhelmed by the recognition she has received thus far. Suzi will sit for an interview with the judges on Wednesday 30th July and winners will be decided by votes made at http://www.enterprisevisionawards.co.uk/eva-categories/38/Sole-Trader-Award.