Founder of Bexley business honoured in awards ceremony

PUBLISHED: 13:43 07 July 2014 | UPDATED: 13:43 07 July 2014

Judge Bryan Treherne of the South London Export Club presents Rachel with award.

Judge Bryan Treherne of the South London Export Club presents Rachel with award.


A woman who founded a business which helps deaf people communicate in the hearing world has been honoured in an awards ceremony.

Rachel Hubbard of Deaf Umbrella Ltd, The Old Mill, Bexley, was announced as Entrepeneur of the Year at the London Business Awards on June 18.

Rachel became involved in the deaf community when her mother lost her hearing when Rachel was just 13.

Frustrated at the general lack of support available, Rachel decided to use her skills and commitment to make a difference.

She founded Deaf Umbrella in 2000, and is committed to providing qualified and professional support workers to empower deaf people by helping them with communication and promoting their opportunities for education and employment.

The London Business Awards, organised by Prospects Business Support, took place at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, and was attended by more than 300 guests.

Rachel beat fierce competition from more than 100 shortlisted companies and was selected by an independent judging panel made up of industry and business experts.

As well as Rachel winning the award, Deaf Umbrella was also highly commended for their training and development of staff.

Rachel said: “What an amazing night, we are such a small fish in such a big pond yet we demonstrated that our training & development is to be highly commended within the London region; 32 boroughs!. We work hard at Deaf Umbrella to promote talented people who are deaf; my job is to find avenues with which to do that. It is an honour to receive such a prestigious award of the London Business Entrepreneur of the Year, I am very proud of myself and our team who bring us to such heights.”

Rose Saunders, Head of Prospects Business Support, said: “Congratulations to Rachel Hubbard & Deaf Umbrella. The judges were blown away by the standard of entries but selected winners which demonstrated the way they are leading business in London and beyond. Last night was not only an opportunity to celebrate the winners’ achievements but to look to the future and grow through the new networks created at the gala dinner and the opportunities that winning brings.”

For more information about Deaf Umbrella and the work that they do, please visit To view the full list of award winners please visit

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