Congratulations Desi Koleva @berlitos_group Finalist in the Woman Who…Achieves Growing SME Category 2018

Today we are featuring each of the Woman Who…Achieves Growing SME Finalists 2018.

Congratulate Desi Koleva of Food Trade International, Finalist in the Woman Who…Achieves Growing SME Category, sponsored by The Leadership Whisperers.

Join Desi and our other Finalists at the Awards Lunch which takes place on Friday 27th April at Coombe Abbey Hotel. It’s an afternoon of inspiration and celebration and open to everyone (men and women).

Take a look at last year’s gallery.


Desi Koleva, Food Trade International

Desi Koleva is a born entrepreneur. She started aged eight, selling clothes she persuaded a circle of grannies to knit. Now a qualified accountant, she runs three companies, including Food Trade International which she has turned into a £1 million plus company producing highly-acclaimed ‘traditional food with a modern twist’ for the catering, wholesale and retail trade.

The rapid expansion of Food Trade International came when, despite being a single mum with an eight month old baby and an established accountancy firm to run, she bought a failing food factory in Dudley and turned it around spectacularly in nine months.

Woman Who…Achieves Growing SME Category is Sponsored by The Leadership Whisperers @LeadershipWhisp


As a former winner of the Women Who…. Start Up, and a multi award winning business leader, HR Professional, entrepreneur and inspirational leader, my heart lies in actively supporting, empowering and developing other female leaders to realise their full potential. Having just returned from running workshops in Italy and New Zealand in the first couple of months of 2018, it became apparent that it is essential to my ingritiy and vision to stand  forward and focus that support directly in the local area too, hence it is an honour and pleasure to support Sandra and the Woman Who Awards….  and who knows maybe I will bring a member of my equine team to Coombe Abbey too!” (Emma Taylor, The Leadership Whisperers)

Led by Emma Taylor, multi award winning business leader, HR Professional, entrepreneur and inspirational leader, The Leadership Whisperers work internationally to transform leaders in business to work in harmony and transform results. We specialise in actively Leading Through Uncertainty, working with horses who mirror your leadership behaviours and provide a profound embodied experience that delivers proven results. Featured as the only experiential learning on the CIPD Future of HR & Learning Hub and based in locations across the UK and internationally, we offer 1-2-1 Executive Coaching, 1 Day – 12 Month Workshops, Wellbeing Programmes, International Keynote Speaker, & Live Events.


Delivered in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

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