Founder and Managing Director, JoJo Maman Bebe
As the founder and Managing Director of JoJo Maman Bébé, Laura has grown the company organically from its start-up in 1993 to become the UK’s foremost niche multi-channel specialist in the pregnancy and baby market.
With start-up capital of just £50K and only two part time members of staff, Laura has grown the company to a forecast gross turnover of £44M in the current financial year and employs over 570 people. The company, now with 60 stores nationwide, continues to expand both organically in the UK and via trade sales to over 60 countries across the world. With real time sales via all channels; the multi-currency website, social networking platforms, catalogues and boutiques across the UK and Ireland, JoJo offers a truly multi-channel service.
Laura Tenison has been fortunate in receiving many honours and awards over the years, including: • Welsh Women Mean Business, Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 • Women in Public Life Awards, Business Woman of the Year, 2011 • Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year, 2010 • Honourary Fellowship of the University of Wales, 2008 • MBE for services to business in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List, 2004 Laura is currently sitting as a judge for the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards. She is extremely proud that JoJo has won numerous awards over the years, including the following: • Winner, Best International Brand, Ernie (USA Children’s Wear) Awards, 2013 • Winner, Best New Product for Baby and Child, The New York Gift Fair 2013 • Winner, Best Maternity Jeans, Maternity & Infant Awards 2013 • Winner, Leading Wales Awards, Best Company Award 2010 • Winner, Prima Baby Fashion Awards, Best Catalogue/Mail-order Service 2008 • Nominated a Superbrand 2005