Denise returns from the Big Apple with handful of awards

By Anita Jaynes on 23 November, 2019

Wiltshire marketing specialist Denise O’Leary has won two coveted Stevie® Awards at a glittering ceremony in New York.

The founder of Purpol Marketing, based in Chippenham yet working throughout the UK, was given a Silver award in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year (Business Services, ten or less employees) and a Bronze in the Most Innovative Woman of the Year (Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations) in the 16th annual global Stevie Awards for Women in Business.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honour female executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run– worldwide.  

Nicknamed the Stevies after the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners during an event attended by more than 550 people at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. 

More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year in more than 90 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Company of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Women Run Workplace of the Year.  

Denise said, “To be recognised as a winner by the most prestigious awards for business women in the world is amazing and humbling. Being a home-based business amongst the largest global corporations, with attendees from all corners of the earth, all cheering each other’s achievements was incredible. The whole experience was very emotional. 

These awards acknowledge the effort and dedication it takes to be a female entrepreneur, and to be in such esteemed company of the best in the world makes me feel incredibly proud.”

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 150 business professionals around the world, working across eight panels.  Further details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of finalists in all categories are available at: