Herb-a-licious, a female-owned plant-based catering company took gold at this year's Ladiesfirst Business\u00a0Awards, winning the title of New Business of the Year. The awards, which honour the achievements of women within Warwickshire and the West Midlands, dubbed Herb-a-licious\u00a0the new business to watch. The Birmingham-based brand, founded by\u00a0Rachel Leigh-Janney, specialises in\u00a0catering for yoga and well-being retreats, and offers vegan pop-up nights and plant-based cookery courses and workshops. Via the brand's\u00a0Instagram page, Leigh-Janney announced,\u00a0"Here is it! Our first official Award!" She thanked those who sent wishes of good luck and congratulations, before reminiscing about the progress of Herb-a-licious. "Herb-a-licious was created from pure love and passion, and we\u2019ve simply followed our intuition and what feels right, along with lots of hard work and the passion continues!"\u00a0she wrote. And, while the award celebrates the drive and business acumen of\u00a0Leigh-Janney herself, the entrepreneur shared credit with her team. She wrote,\u00a0"We have most amazing supportive people around us and without you all sharing our message and food we wouldn\u2019t be doing this!"\u00a0She therefore dedicated the award to\u00a0"everyone who has bought a ready meal from us, been to a pop-up night, a retreat, a workshop, cookery class, watched us live on FB or just shared a post for us!" View this post on Instagram Here is it! Our first official Award! New Business if the Year 2018 ? Thank you for all the \u2018good luck\u2019 and \u2018congratulations\u2019 messages. Herbalicious was created from pure love and passion , and we\u2019ve simply followed our intuition and what feels right, along with lots of hard work and the passion continues! We have most amazing supportive people around us and without you all sharing our message and food we wouldn\u2019t be doing this! So this award is dedicated to everyone who has bought a ready meal from us, been to a pop up night, a retreat, a workshop, cookery class, watched us live on fb or just shared a post for us! Sat nam ? #newbusinessaward #amazing #gratitude #grateful #herbaliciousfoods #intuition #passion #foodie #vegan #plantbased #makingadifference #winners #support #thankyou #veganbusiness #truth #livingwithpurpose A post shared by Herb-a-licious Foods (@herbaliciousfoods) on Oct 19, 2018 at 3:08am PDT On the company's website, Leigh-Janney explains how her successful vegan catering company came to exist. Formerly\u00a0"living on processed foods"\u00a0and unable to pronounce "quinoa," a juice cleanse and meeting a health-conscious partner encouraged\u00a0her to change her lifestyle. Her plant-based journey was propelled when she became pregnant - and bought a\u00a0Deliciously Ella\u00a0cookbook. "I was so focused that I would only eat clean food... for the first 6 weeks of Breastfeeding and I loved the food so much that I never really stopped!" she says. The lady-boss\u00a0notes that setting up a business can be challenging, but notes the importance of self-belief. "I had a million reasons why to say NO (I\u2019m not good enough, I don\u2019t don\u2019t enough, people won\u2019t like the food and so on) but something inside said YES and that was the beginning of Herb-a-licious."\u00a0 Now, creating healthy foods like\u00a0soups, bean and oat patties, raw energy balls, and curries, she uses her company to\u00a0"share with the world the amazing flavours and textures available from a clean plant-based diet."\u00a0 Become a\u00a0CLUBKINDLY\u00a0member today!