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Palace Garden Party Invite For Local FSB Member

Rachel Hayward at Buckingham PlaceBurton-based Ask the Chameleon director Rachel Hayward has attended the Queen’s garden party at Buckingham Palace in recognition of her work.

Miss Hayward (pictured with her mother) was invited to the afternoon event following a nomination by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

The invitation cited that she is being recognised for her for her work to secure nearly £4 million of funding and tenders for businesses, charities and the public sector; her work as associate lecturer at the University of Derby Business School and for being part of the Small Biz 100 – the national element of the Small Business Saturday campaign.

Rachel set up Ask the Chameleon four years ago - working with businesses of all sizes from entrepreneurs to larger companies as well as charities and public sector organisations to develop bids, tenders, grant and award applications to support their growth.

She used her Small Biz 100 day in November to challenge fellow smaller businesses to recognise their worth through an online podcast of local entrepreneurs.

Rachel has been an FSB member for a year now and recently won the East Midlands FSB Awards Micro Business of the Year category, which takes her through to the National Finals.

Rachel Hayward said: “It was a wonderful experience to be in the gardens of Buckingham Palace with music floating across the grounds.  I shook hands with the Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and met some very interesting people.  All in all it was a day that I will never forget.”

“The Garden Party capped off an incredible few months for my business including a regional FSB Award and being part of a very successful fundraising campaign for my chosen charity Annabel’s Angels.”

About Ask the Chameleon

Rachel Hayward set up Ask the Chameleon after leaving HR role in the voluntary sector and, alongside running her business, she is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Derby Business School.

Since then, Ask the Chameleon has secured £3.9m in bids, contracts and funding for clients in the Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire areas.

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About the Small Biz 100

The ‘Small Biz 100’ is an annual 100-day campaign to champion and profile the UK’s top small businesses, in the lead up to Small Business Saturday and its mission to celebrate the UK’s 5.6 million small businesses and encourage the nation to 'shop local'.

Featuring 100 unique, independent businesses drawn from every corner of the UK, this year’s Small Biz 100 reflects the latest in innovative start-up trends, from ethical shopping through to Artificial Intelligence.