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Enterprising Women In Business Receive Awards

Inspirational Woman of the Year Jenny Farr MBE receives her awardJenny Farr MBE has been named Inspirational Woman of the Year at the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce’s Enterprising Women Excellence Awards 2013.

Mrs Farr scooped the prestigious honour – sponsored by the Nottingham Girls High School – at a gala dinner at the Radisson Blu Hotel. It took place immediately after the Chamber's 2013 Enterprising Women Inspire Conference at the same venue, where Green & Black's founder Jo Fairley and explorer Sarah Outen MBE were among the guest speakers.

Jenny is a well-known figure in the local business community, having worked at Nottingham City Hospital for many years and serving as a Nottinghamshire Magistrate since 1979. She became Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire in 1993, High Sheriff of the County in 1998 and was Vice Lord Lieutenant of the County from 1999 to 2008.

She was one of six winners at the awards evening, which was sponsored by A Star Media, Quadrant Events, Futures Housing Group, Axa PPP Healthcare and Enterprise Europe Network.

The other winners were:

Breakthrough Business of the Year, sponsored by Rothera Dowson: Wendy Mackney of Mackney Photography (runners-up were Linda Redmond of Ageing in Great Britain C.I.C and Jillian Thomas of Future Life Wealth Management Ltd).

The Community Champion Award, sponsored by Westfield Health: Lauren Benton of BODY Charity (runners-up were Linda Redmond of Ageing in Great Britain C.I.C and Julie Bloor of Shirebrook Academy).

The Rising Star Award, sponsored by The Money Shop: Emma Warren of Brighter Directions (runners-up were Maria Pioli of Tideswell Surgery and Bronwen Teece of AESSeal).

Team of the Year, which is sponsored by One-to-One Support Services: Brighter Directions (runners-up were Coalesce Certified Accountants and Encompass Print Solutions Ltd).

Enterprising Business Woman of the Year, sponsored by University of Derby Corporate: Jo Ward, Bemrose School (runners-up were Melanie Ulyatt of One to One Support Services and Natalie Brammer of Crush Design)

Jean Mountain, Chair of the Chamber’s Enterprising Women Group, said: “Many congratulations to all of the winners of this year’s Enterprising Women Excellence Awards. There are some very talented and hard-working businesswomen in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire who play a massive part in the success of their business but are often not recognised for their hard work and determination.

“These enterprising women make an important contribution to the local economy and their success stories will hopefully inspire many other women to pursue their business dreams and these awards are all about acknowledging and celebrating those achievements.”

A slideshow of images from the Enterprising Women conference and awards can be viewed below: