THE countdown is on to find this year’s Businesswoman of the Year.
The prestigious title always attracts an exceptional field of candidates.
To follow in the footsteps of former finalists and winners of calibre and renown, including Hilary Devey, Karren Brady, Persween Warsi, applications must be made by no later than 17 September.
Says a spokesperson: “The award recognises the contribution women make to our economy and celebrates female talent, ability and achievement.
“It aims to create role models for the future and inspire other women to achieve success in their respective fields.
“Nominations for the 2010 Businesswoman of the year award are invited from those running their own companies or holding senior managerial positions within any industry sector in the private or public sector.”
Awards chair, Judy Groves, explains: “Don’t miss the chance to raise your profile, as a potential Businesswoman award finalist or winner.
“But, more importantly, to be a role model and demonstrate to other women there is nothing they cannot achieve if they put their heart and mind to it.
“Time and again, this award has shown its value as a sign post to future success. Anyone can nominate a candidate or candidates can nominate themselves!”
A former Businesswoman of the Year award winner is Hilary Devey, the entrepreneur who has become a national figure head for all women of achievement, following television appearances on Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire and Channel Five’s The Business Inspector.
As founder and CEO of Pall-Ex, the number one UK pallet haulage firm, Hilary gained the Businesswoman of the Year title in 2008 and has since won a string of prestigious industry accolades.
Hilary Devey, said: “I would encourage all business women to consider entering the award, it’s a great way of building your profile and putting your business in the spotlight.”
Last year’s Businesswoman award was won by Asha Khemka OBE. As principal and chief executive of West Nottinghamshire College, she exemplified the drive and passion shown by all the finalists.
Other winners have included Karren Brady, managing director of Birmingham City FC; Sarah Tremellen, founder and chief executive of Bravissimo; and Perween Warsi, founder of S&A Foods.
The awards chair, Judy Groves added: “Every year, we receive nominations from and on behalf of the most talented, inspiring and incredible women drawn from every walk of life. But identifying candidates is not always an easy task.
“The real challenge for everyone involved with the Awards lies in finding successful businesswomen year on year and encouraging them to overcome their natural modesty and participate in the selection process. So please don’t hesitate to step forward or nominate a candidate.”
Now in its 28th year of fundraising success, The Women of the Year Luncheon and Awards gala ceremony itself, at which the Businesswoman of the year winner is announced, will take place on Friday 15th October in the heart of England, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, adjacent to the NEC.
“The best-kept secret outside of London and a sell-out, year on year, the event is attended by hundreds of high-profile and talented female guests.”
For more about Women of the Year Luncheon and Awards, to nominate a candidate or book tickets at £60.00 per person visit http://www.womenoftheyear-uk.com
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The final line up for the 2010 Women of the Year Luncheon and Awards promises an awesome event on Friday 15th October at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham, adjacent to the NEC.
Ruby Wax, the fabulous American comedienne, and the hugely successful Emma Bridgewater, a very English pottery entrepreneur, are guest speakers at the gala ceremony, presented by Suzanne Virdee, BBC TV Midlands’ news anchor.
New sponsor, Harvey Nichols, headlines the live entertainment with an exclusively choreographed catwalk show of international fashions. Guests will have the opportunity to ‘Shop the Show’ and be offered gorgeous makeovers and delicious food tasting. Along with a bustling ‘Covent Garden-style’ market, the retail experience is being taken to glamorous new heights this year.
Jaguar will showcase their XF and XK range of luxury cars and sponsor the champagne reception, with the main 2010 sponsor line up further including Barclays Wealth, British Airways – who offer the chance to win a spoiling holiday for two – and SCC, part of Europe’s largest independent technology group.
A sell-out year on year and attended by hundreds of high profile and talented women, tickets for the Luncheon and Awards, which support a most important charity, Vitalise, are available now.
Tickets cost £60.00.
With the search for the Businesswoman of the Year well underway, if YOU know of someone who is making a considerable contribution to their business, either as a senior executive or entrepreneur, please email Judy Groves, the awards chair.
Official national charity Vitalise provides short breaks (respite care) and other services for disabled people, the visually impaired and carers. For information visit www.vitalise.org.uk
The sponsors of 2010’s Women of the Year Luncheon and Awards are:
Barclays Wealth is a leading global wealth manager, and recognised as the UK’s largest, with total client assets of £151.2bn, as at 31 December 2009. With offices in over 20 countries, Barclays Wealth focuses on private and intermediary clients worldwide, providing international and private banking, investment management, fiduciary services and brokerage. Barclays Wealth is the wealth management division of Barclays.
British Airways plc is the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom. BA has its headquarters in Waterside, near its main hub at London Heathrow Airport, and is the largest airline in the UK based on fleet size, international flights and destinations.
Harvey Nichols is an international luxury lifestyle store, renowned both in the UK and internationally for the breadth and depth of its exclusive fashion merchandise. It offers many of the world’s most prestigious brands in womens wear, menswear, accessories, beauty, food and home.
Hilton Metropole Birmingham
As the leading global hospitality company, Hilton Worldwide has more than 3,400 hotels in 79 countries, with its portfolio of hotel brands including the Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The Hilton Birmingham Metropole is one of the UK’s largest conference hotels and can accommodate upto 2000 delegates.
Headquartered in Coventry, Jaguar Cars this year celebrates its 75th anniversary of designing and building luxury cars that represent the very best in technical innovation, design leadership and sporting success.
The technology solutions brand of Europe’s largest independent technology group, Specialist Computer Holdings plc. SCC has an enviable track record of more than 35 years in sourcing, designing and managing technology solutions around the infrastructure to help organisations remove cost and enhance their business performance.
The Challenge Factor
The Challenge Factor is the experienced team behind audio visual solutions for conferences, events, videos and exhibitions. Having founded the business with cult TV show, The Krypton Factor, the team relish the opportunity to work on innovative projects which require dynamism and creativity.
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