Staff and directors at made.simplr are celebrating after their Managing Director, Dr Sarah Malter, has been shortlisted for a 2020 Best Business Women Awards.
Chosen from hundreds of hopeful entrants, Sarah has been named as a finalist for Best Business Woman in STEM, after demonstrating her excellence in the field and her work to promote and encourage other women to develop businesses in connected sectors.
As the daughter of two software developers, Sarah was brought up with technology at an early age and quickly developed a passion for innovation.
She has worked tirelessly to not only build Made.Simplr and her other business, Kapitalise, which have helped hundreds of businesses to access more than £30 million in R&D tax credit funding, but she also works as a guest lecturer at universities across the UK and mentors young girls to help them nurture their own passion for business and entrepreneurial skills.
Made.Simplr, in particular, makes use of the latest cloud technology to help the accountancy profession support more businesses with R&D tax credit claims through the clever use of automation. Its development and success has already gained it recognition via two competitive government-backed grants from Innovate UK.
Speaking about her shortlisting at the prestigious awards, Sarah said: “It is a real honour to be named as a finalist at these fantastic awards. Raising the profile of female leaders in STEM is important, as it is an industry where female participation is slowly increasing.
“I hope that future female entrepreneurs can look to me and my fellow finalists as examples of the excellent opportunities that this field offers and how women can flourish in an industry that has traditionally been viewed as predominantly male-led.”
Sarah will now have to wait until 23 April 2021 to find out whether she has won the tough competition, which was created to raise the profile of the UK’s leading female entrepreneurs and business role models.
Debbie Gilbert, organiser of The Best Business Women Awards said: “This is the sixth year of these prestigious awards. Given the situation with COVID-19, we were delighted with the number of entries. This showed us how determined our entrants were!
“The entries came in from across the UK and were judged by a panel of business experts. To be a finalist is a major achievement. The businesswomen selected have been chosen for their business acumen, determination, creativity and tenacity. All our finalists are shining examples of successful entrepreneurs who have proved their success to our judges.”
As well as being shortlisted for an individual award, Sarah’s business’s Kapitalise and made.simplr are also shortlisted for Accountancy Software of the Year at the 2020 Digital Accountancy Awards.