Alexis has been named as one of the top 100 female entrepreneurs in the whole of the country!
We are proud to share that our Managing Director, Psychotherapist and Public Speaker, Alexis has been listed in the #ialso100 campaign for 2020, a celebration of the UK’s inspirational women in business.
The movement, which is organised by small business champions f:Entrepreneur and Peak B, showcases the entrepreneurialism and successes of female entrepreneurs, highlighting the many roles and achievements in their day-to-day lives. Its aim is to inspire women and men to be trailblazers within their own small business communities.
Alexis said: “I am thrilled to have been listed and I am proud to be a part of the f:Entrpreneur campaign. It’s not easy being a business owner (male or female) whilst also juggling other responsibilities and interests. Being recognised for all the different work that we do behind the scenes and the other roles we have, with the purpose of empowering others, is amazing. Championing other people and their potential is a huge part of being a therapist, a business owner, a parent and a friend too, and seeing others flourish is the best feeling. We should all be able to recognise all aspects of what we do and champion other people too to be proud of their ‘I also’s’.”
It was Alexis’ own experience with mental health support following a traumatic accident that motivated her business journey. She became a qualified psychotherapist to ensure that people, especially those in a vulnerable position, wouldn’t have a poor experience like she had. Alexis has now been a practicing psychotherapist, coach, and trainer for almost 20 years, and in 2012 established Fortis Therapy & Training, which has grown to include a team of 24 associates and dedicated therapeutic spaces in Grimsby, Hull, Louth and Scunthorpe – all whilst raising a family of three children with her husband, Matthew Powell-Howard.
This is the latest accolade for Alexis and the team at Fortis Therapy and Training, who provide much-needed high-quality mental health services to schools, businesses, organisations, and people of all ages, genders, and circumstances. In 2019, we were recognised nationally and internationally, winning three prestigious awards including ‘Best Service-Based’ business at the Business Excellence Forum & Awards in front of 1,500 delegates from across Europe. At The Small Awards held in London, Fortis was named the winner of the ‘At Your Service’ award for best small service business’ and were surprised with the big, overall award of the night, ‘Best Small Business’, chosen exclusively by the judges from the evening’s finalists.
For 2020, Alexis will be giving back to this year’s campaign by joining the judging panel for The Small Awards, delivering essential feedback to the hopeful businesses.
Alexis added: “Winning two awards at The Small Awards last year has been brilliant for Fortis and I am really excited to be asked to be a judge this year. I can’t wait to be inspired by the businesses, their stories, their amazing achievements and I am looking forward to celebrating their innovation and entrepreneurial spirit at the awards dinner too.”