Maiden Voyage founder Carolyn Pearson was among a number of Yorkshire businesswomen to win at the National Women in Business Awards held in Leeds earlier this month.
Carolyn was crowned ‘Digital Business of the Year’ at the glistening ceremony at the Royal Armouries on 1 December.
Headquartered in Leeds, Maiden Voyage is the world’s only specialist network connecting female business travellers globally.
The company is continuously growing, and Carolyn has raised close to £500,000 in angel investment to underpin global expansion.
Alongside an extensive network and a global team of ambassadors to support inbound business travellers, Maiden Voyage offers female-friendly hotel certification and corporate training around gender-specific travel policies and duty of care.
Carolyn earned her place in the national final, beating off stiff competition after winning the regional award in the Yorkshire and North East finals in October.
Speaking about her win, she said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be recognised as the Digital Business of the Year.
“We are proud to help safeguard and empower over 8,000 women in our community, whether that’s through individual membership or large corporate partnership.
“Our aim is to keep growing, to reach more women across the world and make business travel safe and social.”
Carolyn was presented with her award – a bespoke hand blown glass trophy – by Natasha Sayce-Zelem, head of technology at Sky UK, before an audience of senior business leaders and their guests.
A Pontefract businesswoman who took her in-house marketing team and set up her own company also won the award for ‘Start-up Business of the Year.'
Joanna Stephenson is managing director of PHD Marketing & Strategy, a marketing and communications agency in Pontefract.
After a career in the chemical industry followed by working as the marketing director at LINPAC group, Jo pitched to the board of LINPAC to outsource their marketing dept.
PHD now supplies a range of marketing and communications services to manufacturing and distribution businesses across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
Vicki Davenport, sales and commercial director of The Pink Link, Huddersfield was the ‘Inspiring Leader of the Year.’
Vicki is the MD of the company which specialises in the express distribution of small consignments of palletised freight throughout the UK and Europe.
The company is currently celebrating 25 years in business.