Debbie Gilbert

Director, Viva Business Support

Debbie Gilbert started her business in 1998, when the internet was in its infancy and there was no such thing as social media. Her business started out of necessity because she needed flexibility to care for her father with dementia, a mother with MS and a young child.

She started her own networking company in 2009 to run alongside her thriving marketing business as she recognised the need for support for entrepreneurs.

Over the past 20 years she has built a portfolio of businesses which have a common theme, supporting and inspiring entrepreneurs.

Viva Business Support is an award-winning marketing and events agency. Alongside this she owns Businesswomen UnLtd, an award-winning networking company, The 3 Counties Business Expo and The Best Businesswomen Awards.

She is also the author of The Successful Mumpreneur, an Amazon number one Best Seller which was also selected as a finalist in the business book awards 2019. This book shares step by step how to create a new business and run this alongside a family. She is also the Co-author of ‘Fab Collab’ a best-selling book about collaboration in business.

In addition, she hosts a podcast The Business Awards Show- interviewing award-winning business owners, award sponsors and judges.

She has won 13 business awards including SME National Business Awards, SME Hertfordshire Awards, FSB Awards and East of England Business Champions. Plus she was also selected for the F:entrepreneur ialso campaign as one of the top 100 businesswomen in the UK in 2019.

Her latest awards are for Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2024 and Best Networker at the 2024 Great British Awards.