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Emily Newstead

Emily Newstead

From Classroom to CEO & Founder of 6-time Award Winner managing a long-term condition

Leading woman and Entrepreneurial inspiration, Emily Newstead proves every day that nothing should hold you back from success!

Emily boasts a wealth of experience throughout the last 20+ years of her career, proudly working across a wide range of business sectors and within various professional environment; Emily is a leading Yorkshire Woman Entrepreneur and Influencer with many accolades and achievements. Not only the CEO & Founder of her own company of 4 ½ years, Emily also champions great experience, knowledge and insight in Business Development, Leadership and Management, Events Management, Education, Sport, Retail, Military, Product Research, Staff Training, Team Development and Guest Speaking. Emily’s authenticity and honesty is highly engaging and inspiring to others, with a drive and motivation that is contagious.

Diagnosed in 2014 with endometriosis, a life-altering autoimmune condition, Emily was faced with daily chronic pain, invasive surgery and lengthy treatment. But deciding to see this as a catalyst for positive change and to influence this journey, she grabbed life fully - with a tenacious winning attitude and launched her own full-time business just several months later, accepting life had changed indefinitely. Emily has defied any words of doubt or lack of support and enables personal growth outside her comfort zone.

From humble beginnings, to a credible recognised leading brand, Bow Gifts is a transformational example of strong business aptitude and growth. From a luxury corporate hamper supplier into a multi award-winning corporate gift company and brand engagement agency, Bow Gifts supply everything from branded food and drink and bespoke corporate gifts to promotional branded merchandise and personalised packaging & print. Emily now says she’s decided her diagnosis was “a gift in itself” because it forced her to embrace change, look at life’s challenges differently and take big leaps. Emily is inspiring the business world with her positive attitude and openness to embrace difficulties. Dubbed by her clients as the ‘Fairy Godmother’ of brand enhancement, this influential female entrepreneur is now a 6-time award winner, including the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Best Corporate Gifting Supplier. Emily’s clients and suppliers are award winning too.

Her once small Yorkshire start-up now boasts strong relationships with over 150 businesses across the UK and internationally, including Warner Chappell Production Music, O2, ITV, Lexus, RBS and Mediacom to name a few. Bow Gifts ship to 20+ countries, celebrates a 100% Customer Satisfaction Score and takes pride in delivering gifts to Global Blue Chip companies on the stock exchange and the Forbes list.

Emily’s business is known for being a tough competitor by big household names in corporate gifting like John Lewis. But despite all these incredible achievements, the successful CEO never lets it go to her head. Emily is an engaging and inspirational guest speaker, with a keen desire to share her extensive knowledge and life experience. She “anchors her business around “giving” because she passionately believes in a “pay it forward” approach to life. As an advocate for charitable giving, Emily inspires generosity in the business world. Not only does Bow Gifts connect with a community project every 6 months and involves its team members; it also donates 1% of every order to a charity of the clients’ choice and offers a Bow Rewards support program.

Finalists for ‘Ethical – Green Business of the Year Award’ with FSB, Bow Gifts implement environmentally supportive practices and believe they have a responsibility to do so.

Emily has cycled across England, raised thousands of pounds for charity, supports local causes, passed the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Commission Board selection process with commendation, qualified with QTS in education with a Grade 1 - Outstanding, and she is a qualified Advanced Ski Course Leader.

Emily is a supportive coach and mentor and provides workshops to help others in business and personal development.

She was a member of the Olympic Torch Committee in Ripon and had the pleasure of working alongside Judith Donovan CBE. Emily was key to the Yorkshire role of the School Sports Partnership Program and was action-led for change, with a Minister from the Department for Education in protecting this work.

Emily Newstead is a hidden gem in the business world, a champion of those around her and an inspiration to others, with her approachability and warmth for positive change and a dynamic ability to capture the minds of those she speaks with.

Testimonials from Teachers

"We were delighted when Emily agreed to speak to our cohort of 50 entrepreneurs in our accelerator about her entrepreneurial journey and how to successfully grow your business. Emily was able to quickly gain the confidence of the entire room with her engaging presence and the unique way in which she was able to discuss the challenges faced by entrepreneurs. The feedback from the entrepreneurs was excellent and they said they left the room feeling both inspired and motivated."

– N. Babar-Evans, Regional Entrepreneur Director, Natwest

"I knew that I had met a very inspirational person. Emily's magnetic personality is infectious and in sharing her story with students she is truly motivating. Emily's unique charisma is enchanting and keeps her audience captive from the moment she speaks to the end. I highly recommend her to any education establishment or company looking for an inspirational guest speaker with great wisdom and insight. It is a privilege to know Emily."

– W. Towler, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Bradford

"We have had numerous speakers at our events in the past, but non so popular as Emily Newstead. She is engaging, interesting and lights up any room! A confident speaker, Emily is knowledgeable on her subjects and gets her message across clearly and with passion. I would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a speaker with that special something."

– A. Hogarth, Head of UK Corporate Sales, TAG

"Emily's ability to capture an audience and engage with them is inspiring to watch. Emily has a strength in delivering new understanding that connects with the listener, leaving them feeling encouraged to look differently and positively at the way they do things. Emily is an honest and authentic woman who helps others through her vulnerability and capability to share her thoughts and opinions and great life experiences."

– M. MacBrairdy, Horizon Leeds Manager, Part of the NHS Confederation

"I met Emily at a networking lunch & I knew instantly that I would love to work with her. She is warm & friendly and really takes an interest in you as a person and your business. We had a separate meeting & I asked her to quote me for some giveaways I was planning to buy. I had no idea what I wanted, so Emily arrived with a box of goodies & I was able to make a decision. Emily really wants to understand your needs & you can really feel she values your business. She is thorough and efficient & I wouldn't hesitate in using her services or recommending them to a colleague"

– Katie O'Hara, Head of Sales, Crowne Plaza

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