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Women in Business Award 2015

Women in Business Award 2015 – Forward Ladies

The Women in business award is a wonderful celebration happening once a year and organised by Forward Ladies. It is a regional celebration that appreciate the hard work of many women in business and a way to acknowledge their achievements.

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It was my first time in the North West & the Isle of Man event and I didn’t know what to expect. In hind sight I can say now that the five hours I experienced just flew by.

The Women in Business Award event took place at the Midland hotel in Manchester. There was something very special in the atmosphere right from the start. Business women started connecting with one another on personal and professional levels from the forayer area. Finalists of the same categories sharing helpful tips with one another and guests mixing in.

HSBC bank, who sponsored the event, came with some of their largest clients. Although some were employed for large organisations they really enjoyed mixing in with the business women.

This is Charlene Nunn of Mazars, an international organisation , specialising in audit, accounting, tax and advisory services.

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As a finalist of the Women in Business Award I had the opportunity to meet all the other finalists and the sponsor’s representatives in the cosy bar area of the hotel. Being pampered with glasses of wines constantly by the bar staff I was being careful as it was only just past 11am!!

Women arrived from all over the region and we then walked into a room with over twenty round tables. I can only estimated there were over 200 women in that room and quiet it was not!

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It was an opportunity shared by most to meet old faces you didn’t get a chance to see and connect with now women. I can only speak for myself but I managed to find businesses to collaborate with as well as potential clients. The opportunity was there and all you had to do is reach out and grab it!

Imagine all that with Annie Lennox blasting at the background with ‘Sisters are Doing It for Themselves’ and then you might get the taste of what I had experienced. 

The award host was Charlene White, the news present of ITV News, who was an excellent choice for the role. She was witty and managed to spice the somewhat stressful atmosphere for the finalist with her humour. The event speaker was Deirdre Bounds, a former stand-up comedienne, who travel the world with a back-pack to come back to England and start the responsible travel company i-to-i.com, which became the largest gap year travel company. Starting the business from her bedsit Deirdre sold the company 10 years later for an eight digit figure sum. She was definitely an inspirational speaker.

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The delicious three courses lunch was planned so that the award winners of the ten categories were announced between the courses. The categories were home-based businesses, not-for-profit businesses, Personal Assistants in large businesses, Professionals, Property businesses, retail, Small Medium Enterprises, STEM (Science, technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and start-up businesses.

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I was a finalist for the retail category and unfortunately did not win at this occasion. However, just getting to be in the finalist list was a great achievement. The contacts I’ve made are ones it could have taken me years to connect with if at all.

I am grateful I had the opportunity to take part in this celebration, to be shortlisted and to enjoy a wonderful media promotion not only by Forward Ladies and its members but also by a respectable jewellery trade magazine in the UK. 

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