A mum-of-two is feeling more than ‘happy’ after winning a top business award at a national ceremony and is now taking the business onto the global stage.
Jo Howarth, owner of The Happiness Club, which is committed to improving people’s mental wellbeing was crowned Health and Beauty Mum of the Year at the Bizmums Conference and Awards 2017.
The 45-year-old from Rainhill had also been shortlisted in three other categories at the awards, which recognises the achievements of mothers in business.
Happiness coach Jo said: “For me this award means the world, because when we use the phrase health and beauty generally, the first thing people think about, is physical health and beauty.
“There is much more to be being happy than just physical appearances. Your confidence, wellbeing and energy levels can all be affected by your mental state of mind.
“We work with our clients to achieve happiness on all levels but in particular we focus on achieving a positive mindset and I am absolutely over the moon that mental health and beauty has been recognised in this way – it shows there has been a real shift in thinking in today’s world.”
Jo admits she was up against a tough line-up of businesses in the health and beauty category and didn’t expect to win.
She added: “There were so many inspirational women shortlisted for this award, so to win it feels incredible. Being recognised by my peers for the work that I do is amazing.”
Jo set up The Happiness Club two years ago. Members of the club receive a daily message from Jo to help them approach life with a more positive attitude.
She also runs a live monthly webinar on different themes and uses social media, in particular, Facebook to give members direct access.
Winning the Bizmums award has now prompted Jo to think about the future of the business.
She said: “I’m amazed by how successful The Happiness Club has become over the last two years. We already have members from across all areas of the UK and my next step is to take the club global.
“It’s an online club which means it’s not confined to any one particular geographical boundary so I’m currently working on ways and methods to achieve a more global following.
“I’ll also be continuing to build my career as an inspirational speaker and author.”