Forward Ladies has announced the winners of the National Awards for 2017, sponsored by HSBC.
The awards were introduced eight years ago to celebrate the exceptional work and female talent throughout the business community. This year, Forward Ladies continues to recognise and honour businesswomen in a variety of industries.
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.”
The twelve category winners will now take part in a judging day in Manchester in November, before a distinguished panel of business leaders, where they will join finalists from regional events in Yorkshire, North East and Scotland; London and the South East; and the Midlands. The overall national winner will be announced at a grand finale to be held in Leeds on the 1st December.
The keynote speaker was entrepreneur Rebecca McCann, an entrepreneur who launched Pro Blo Group in November 2014. Initially operating from her mum’s kitchen with a plan to sell her hair tool on EBay, Rebecca launched her brand into Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Bloomingdales and stores across the globe.
Each category’s winners were:
Corporate Leader Category
Winner: Marie Katherine Mayers, Sodexo
Winner: Susanna Lawson, Onefile Ltd.
Inspiring Leader Category
Winner: Carmel McKinney OBE, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue
Winner: Sharon Stephens, Lingua Translations
Not for Profit/Social Enterprise of the Year Category
Winner: Kerryanne Wilde, CERT-UK
Wendy Hobbs, Dreams & Wishes Charity
Rising Star Category
Winner: Ruth Logan, Ernst & Young
SME Emerging Category
Winner: Shauna McCarney-Blair, Heavenly Tasty Organics
SME Growth Category
Winner: Sally Fielding, Sally’s Cottages
Start Up Category
Winner: Rose Aldean, Mello Drinks Ltd.
Highly Commended: Sharon Lomas, Lomas & Lomas Ltd.
STEM Leader Category
Winner: Diane Hassett, Johnson and Johnson Vision Care
STEM Rising Star Category
Winner: Johann Muldoon, Manor Architects Ltd.
Young Entrepreneur Category
Winner: Tino Dzaro, Tino’s
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