Entrepreneur Leanne named as one of Wales’ ‘most remarkable women’

An entrepreneur from Narberth was named one of Wales’ ‘Most Outstanding Women’ at the Chwarae Teg Womenspire Awards.

The awards, posted on social media, showcased the winners and finalists who make such a difference to others and their communities.

Presented by Andrea Byrne of ITV Cymru Wales and Welsh actress and presenter Elin Pavli-Hinde, the ceremony was open to a global audience online.

Leanne Holder was named Entrepreneur of the Year, after creating BecauseRaceCarBox, a subscription box for auto cleaning enthusiasts.

She started the business with her partner four years ago, wanting to inspire women to clean their cars and move away from male stereotypes.

Leanne launched the ‘Pink Detailing Collection’, and despite the pandemic, the business has grown, with distributors now in France and Belgium.

As a woman in the automotive industry, she is inspired to support and inspire women entrepreneurs in male-dominated industries.

Cerys Furlong, Managing Director of Chwarae Teg, said: “This is our sixth Womenspire Award and once again it was amazing to hear the stories of all of our finalists and their wonderful accomplishments.

“At Chwarae Teg, we know how important it is that these accomplishments are highlighted.

“So I have to congratulate all of the finalists, winners and everyone involved and say a big thank you for making Womenspire 2021 such a success. ”

The biggest winner of the night was doctor and scientist Bnar Talabani, who has been at the forefront of efforts to tackle uncertainty and misinformation around the Covid-19 vaccine.

She received the Woman in Health and Care award as well as the overall title of Womenspire Champion 2021 having impressed the judges with her warmth, resilience and determination.

Arriving in the UK as a refugee child from Iraq in 1998, her tough start in life could never have predicted her bright future.

Bnar has been at the forefront of efforts to tackle uncertainty and misinformation around the Covid-19 vaccine, and has been instrumental in training Cymru Muslim doctors.

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