Rosie Freshwater, Managing Director of Brighton and Southampton based digital marketing agency Leapfrogg, has been shortlisted for the Entrepreneur of the Year award at this year’s Brighton and Hove Business Awards.

Leapfrogg are no strangers to the awards after last year winning the Best place to work at the same event. Rosie Freshwater, who has been growing the business since conception almost six years ago, has always shown great creativity and vision.

Rosie’s mission statement is to “lead with high standards, motivate and inspire Leapfrogg to be happy and the best it can be, remaining true, just and fair and pushing for success at all times.” She has been the driving force in shaping Leapfrogg into the successful company that it has become, achieving over 1000% growth in just under-six years of trading and establishing a great name within Brighton’s digital hub.

Tony Mernagh, Executive Director of the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership, is head of the panel of judges and helping them in their decisions this year. He is joined by representatives of Sussex Innovation Centre, MdHub, Wired Sussex, Acumen Business Law, Nido Marketing and sponsor representatives.

According to the judges: “The quality of the applicants goes from strength to strength and I am constantly amazed at the number of clearly world class businesses we have right here in the city. The judging gets harder every year because there are just so many great applicants to choose from.”

The ceremony is to be held on the 9th of October, and Rosie Freshwater will join 37 other local businesses to find out the winner of each of the awards. The venue for the illustrious Brighton award ceremony is the Hilton Metropole and shortlisted candidates will enjoy a full champagne reception, as well as a four course meal.

Rosie Freshwater, Managing Director for Leapfrogg says: “I am over the moon to be a finalist for the new Entrepreneur award at the BAHBA’s. Although the award goes to an individual, I firmly believe that an entrepreneur can only truly be successful if backed by a strong team. Therefore should I be fortunate enough to win this award it will be a testament to the team at Leapfrogg for allowing me to be the best I can.”

If you would like to find out more about Leapfrogg Digital Marketing visit Alternatively, call (01273) 322830 and speak to a member of the Leapfrogg team or email For more information about the BAHBA’s visit

With headquarters in Brighton and a second office in Southampton, Leapfrogg is one of the UK’s leading digital marketing agencies working with SME’s to increase their online revenues using search, social media and content based strategies.

Published on: 9:02AM on 1st September 2009