LADIES FIRST

North­ern women hon­oured at For­ward Ladies event in Leeds

Yorkshire Post - Business - - FRONT PAGE - MARK CASCI BUSI­NESS ED­I­TOR Email: mark.casci@ypn.co.uk Twit­ter: @MarkCasci

A RAFT of the North’s top women in busi­ness were hon­oured at the For­ward Ladies awards.

The awards took place at a cel­e­bra­tion lunch at the Crowne Plaza Ho­tel, Stephen­son Quar­ter, New­cas­tle be­fore an au­di­ence of se­nior and in­flu­en­tial busi­ness lead­ers.

The awards were in­tro­duced eight years ago to ac­knowl­edge, re­ward and cel­e­brate the ex­cep­tional work and fe­male tal­ent through­out the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Among the York­shire win­ners were Emma Black from Leeds­based Cas­cade HR, Kate Mallinson at Scribba PR, Zil­lah Doyle at Me­chan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing Ven­tures in Hud­der­s­field and Nikki Dixon at Asda.

The key­note speaker was Pamela Petty, en­tre­pre­neur and board mem­ber at the En­tre­pre­neur’s Fo­rum. Ms Petty is the for­mer man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Ebac, the UK’s only wash­ing ma­chine man­u­fac­turer, and spoke about her per­sonal and pro­fes­sional strug­gles of suc­ceed­ing in a male-dom­i­nated en­vi­ron­ment.

For­ward Ladies man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Griselda To­gobo said: “This has been a fan­tas­tic year for women, and through our Na­tional Awards we are once again de­lighted to be work­ing in part­ner­ship with HSBC to show­case the very best women in busi­ness in the UK.

“The cal­i­bre of en­tries has been in­creas­ing year on year, but this year we had a num­ber of out­stand­ing en­tries and it was a won­der­ful af­ter­noon of cel­e­bra­tion and shar­ing their re­mark­able suc­cess.

“The stan­dard of all our short­listed en­tries was truly ex­cep­tional.”

Jen­nifer Crawley, head of UK per­for­mance for HSBC and chief awards judge said; “I am al­ways im­pressed by such tal­ented busi­ness­women

who en­ter each year – and this year is no dif­fer­ent.

“They play a sig­nif­i­cant part in the UK econ­omy which is recog­nised by these awards.

“A very well done to all those who have joined us and pro­vided such in­spi­ra­tion for other en­trepreneurs through their on­go­ing achieve­ments.”

The twelve cat­e­gory win­ners will now take part in a judg­ing day in Manch­ester in No­vem­ber, be­fore a panel of busi­ness lead­ers, where they will join fi­nal­ists from re­gional events in the Mid­lands, Lon­don and the South East, and the North West, Wales and Ire­land.

The over­all na­tional win­ner will be an­nounced at a grand fi­nale to be held in Leeds on De­cem­ber 1.

The awards had HSBC as key spon­sor, and are sup­ported by many sec­tor lead­ing busi­nesses in­clud­ing Taste­card, Sav­ille and Vir­gin Trains East Coast. Re­gional part­ners this year are JB Skills, Cas­cade and The York­shire Post.

The York­shire Ms Mallinson told Post: “It was a great day cel­e­brat­ing women in busi­ness, and I am de­lighted to have won the Start Up ‘gong’.

“It came as a huge shock as I was short­listed along­side some hugely suc­cess­ful women in a very crowded cat­e­gory, so I feel priv­i­leged and hon­oured to have been cho­sen.”

Last year’s win­ner of the over­all ti­tle of busi­ness woman of the year was pre­sented to Jan Flawn CBE, founder and chair of PJ Care Ltd, a provider of spe­cial­ist neu­ro­log­i­cal care and neuro re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for peo­ple with pro­gres­sive or ac­quired neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions.

The stan­dard of all our short­listed en­tries was truly ex­cep­tional. For­ward Ladies man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Griselda To­gobo

PIC­TURES: BRUCE ROLLINSON

LEAD­ER­SHIP: Key­note speaker Pe­tra Wet­zel at the For­ward Ladies Women in Busi­ness Awards last year in Leeds.

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