Hey Girls Crowned Virgin StartUp’s Scottish Business of the Year 2018

March 16, 2018

Hey Girls, a social enterprise tackling period poverty in the UK, has been named Virgin StartUp’s Scottish Business of the Year 2018

Celia Hodson and her daughters are the brains behind Hey Girls – a new social enterprise using a ‘Buy One Give One’ model to fight period poverty in the UK in a sustainable way. For every sanitary product they sell, they give one away to someone who needs it.

Over the past three months, Virgin Startup10: Scotland has been searching for Scotland’s best startup businesses and entrepreneurs.

After pitching to an all-star judging panel, comprising of a mix of Scottish entrepreneurs including Jackie Waring, Investing Women, Bob Keiller CBE, Scottish Enterprise, Leah Hutcheon, Appointed, Callum Stuart, Mallzee and special guest Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Hey Girls took home the top prize and will receive mentoring, marketing and PR support from Virgin StartUp as well as the all-star judging panel members.

The social enterprise beat off competition from nine other Scottish startups. Commenting on the achievement, Celia Hodson founder of Hey Girls, said: "We’re thrilled to have been crowned Virgin StartUps Scottish Business of the Year 2018.

“It’s crazy to think that we’ve achieved this success having only just launched in January.

“We hope that having access to Virgin StartUp will ultimately have direct benefits in helping the Hey Girls brand expand thanks to the additional mentoring and business advice.”

You can read more about Celia and Hey Girls in their case study.