Au Pair Link founder Cecilia Robinson has been named the 2012 Her Businesswoman of the Year, with fellow childcare provider sKids and beloved Parnell newcomer Sachies Kitchen also picking up honours.
Robinson started Au Pair Link in 2007 at the age of 21. It's now Australasia’s largest au pair agency and was the first in the world to become licensed through the Ministry of Education as a home-based service.
Now 26 with her first child on the way, Robinson also took out the Best SME category.
Awards organiser and former winner, fashion designer Annah Stretton, said: "It gives me immense pleasure to recognise these women who are achieving great things in business.
“Cecilia is an outstanding example of business leadership. Hers’ is a service for busy women who want not just a nanny but an educator too.”
The Best New Business winner was Sachie Nomura of Sachie’s Kitchen. Judges appreciated Sachie’s vision of creating a debt-free business that included TV appearances, branded products and tours.
The winner of the Most Sustainable Business Category was Dawn Engelbrecht of Safe Kids In Daily Supervision (sKids), which provides out of school hours care to approximately 3,500 children each day from Whangarei to Queenstown.
The Her Businesswoman of the Year awards are run in association with Her magazine and celebrate female business leadership within the New Zealand SME industry. Past winners have included Cilla Hegarty of NZ Tax Refunds Ltd, Brigit Blair of Linden Leaves, Peri Drysdale of Snowy Peak Ltd and the event's current organiser, Stretton Group CEO, Annah Stretton.