Edinburgh CEO scoops top award at the National Business Women’s Awards

14 December 2018

The CEO of Edinburgh-based water retailer, Business Stream, has received two awards at the National Business Women’s Awards, which were held at Wembley Stadium in London on Friday 7 December.

Jo Dow, who has been at the helm of Business Stream for 4 years, won the Business Woman of the Year category and also received the prestigious Overall Winner award, seeing off competition from all other finalists and winners from across the 16 categories.

The prominent inaugural awards received entries from hundreds of companies across the UK. Each category was assessed by four national judging panels.

Speaking after the awards, Jo Dow, Chief Executive, said: “I was absolutely thrilled to win two awards at the National Business Women’s Awards, and in particular to be chosen as the Overall Winner, which was entirely unexpected! It was a real honour to be recognised at such a prestigious event – especially when up against such great finalists.”

Commenting on Jo’s win, Damian Cummins, Awards Director, said “The quality of each entrant was of an extremely high calibre so to shine through as an overall winner is a phenomenal achievement, what makes it more impressive was Jo Dow left the competition in the shade.”

During her tenure at Business Stream, Jo has helped transform the business from a public sector monopoly into a commercial, dynamic business with a passion for providing customer choice, savings and service. This included overseeing the acquisition of Southern Water’s non-household customer base ahead of the English water market opening in 2017 - the first acquisition of its kind for a public sector organisation and one of the largest acquisitions by a Scottish company in 2016. 

Under Jo’s leadership, Business Stream has helped its customers save over £213 million on their water bills and the company has become a passionate advocate of promoting the importance of water efficiency. It recently announced its ambitious pledge to help its customers reduce their water usage by 20% and has already helped its customers save over 38 billion litres of water.