UCW lecturer’s North Somerset start-up wins awards hat-trick

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University Centre Weston (UCW) lecturer Sally Marks is celebrating after winning three prestigious business and design awards in recent weeks.

Sally’s TotsUp parenting chart and app was only launched last year, but it has already scooped regional and national accolades.

The mother of two recently collected a Small Business Sunday (SBS) award from Theo Paphitis at the ICC, Birmingham, after TotsUp was selected for recognition by his more than 500,000 Twitter followers.

The celebrity entrepreneur, who gained fame on BBC television show Dragons’ Den, said: “We are thrilled to welcome new SBS members every week and highlight just how important it is to support our small businesses here in the UK.

“I wish TotsUp every success.”

The SBS prize followed hot on the heels of TotsUp winning silver awards in the parenting and educational app categories of Mumii magazine’s The Family Awards.

TotsUp, which helps parents make tasks like potty training, bedtime routines and fussy eating easier and more fun for their children, also won the Innovation Award at the Weston Business Awards last month.

Sally, who has been lecturing on UCW’s Graphic Design degrees for more than a decade, received the prize from TalkTalk chief executive Dido Harding and Weston MP John Penrose.

She said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have gained these awards and the recognition and support that goes with them.

“To receive accolades like this is a huge help in raising awareness of TotsUp as a brand and promoting my new product.”

Sally’s successes also follow in the footsteps of her students winning major design awards.

In recent years, UCW Graphic Design students have won the New Designer of the Year, Sky Creative and Design Council’s Future Pioneers awards at the New Designers Exhibition in London.

TotsUp is available in the Apple App Store, and more information about the products can be found at www.totsup.co.uk.