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Search starts for the year’s most enterprising women

The annual quest to find the region’s most successful and inspirational businesswomen has launched.

The hunt for nominations for the 2018 East Midlands Chamber Enterprising Women Awards officially began on Friday.

It started at a two-course lunch at the Quorn Grange Hotel, Leicester, where the guest speaker was the inspirational mother-of-two, businesswoman and investor Alex Peace-Gadsby.

Alex runs several businesses, including the clothing company Musto, and is also involved with charity work both locally and nationally.

Based in Nottingham, she was appointed as the Chief Scout Commissioner for England in 2015 after being involved in Scouting for 11 years.

She shared her experiences as a woman in business, a journey that is both interesting and motivating.

The lunch was hosted by the Co-Chairs of Enterprising Women - Jean Mountain, a Past President at East Midlands Chamber, and Eileen Richards, of ER Recruitment. Both are members of the Chamber Board of Directors.

Eileen said: “The awards are all about finding and recognising women who make a serious contribution to the regional economy, often successfully balancing work, keeping home and motherhood, but not always being acknowledged for what they achieve.

“Alex does all of the above and more, which made her a perfect choice of speaker for the event that launches this year’s quest.”

There are seven awards to be won this year – the 21st year of the competition: Business Woman of the Year, Social Commitment, Apprentice of the Year, Female Employee of the Year, Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Team of the Year and Small Business of the Year.

Entries have to be in by Friday 5 January 2018. Entry is by nomination, but can be self-nominated. The winners will be announced at a glittering, ‘little black dress’ dinner on 2 March – coinciding with International Women’s Day.

Jean said: “By highlighting their contribution and telling their stories, hopefully we can inspire other women to pursue their business dream, which is why I would urge as many people as possible to send in nominations for this year’s awards.”

Chamber membership is a requirement for nomination. For more information visit http://bit.ly/2wQylGm. For an application pack email e@m-n.ouwecdlc.k or call the Chamber’s events team on 0333 320 0333 and select ‘option 2’ when prompted.

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