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Finalists announced for Chamber’s Enterprising Women awards


The finalists have been announced in the annual quest to find the most successful and inspirational business women in the East Midlands.


The top 35 candidates have been picked from dozens of nominations for this year’s Enterprising Women awards.


The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on International Women’s Day, 8 March, at the Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Derby.


There are seven awards to be won this year: Business Woman of the Year (sponsored by Pick Everard), the Social Commitment Award (Hastings Direct), Apprentice of the Year (Derby College), Female Employee of the Year (Smallman and Sons), Female Entrepreneur of the Year (Leicester Racecourse), Team of the Year (Leicester Tigers) and Small Business of the Year (The Belmont Hotel).


Co-Chair of Enterprising Women, Eileen Richards, founder of ER Recruitment, Leicester, and a member of the Board of Directors at the Chamber, which supports the awards, said: “Once again, the standard of entries has been very high this year.


“I think there is a real hunger among women in the business community to be recognised for their achievements and these awards are one of the best ways to achieve that recognition.”


Co-Chair Jean Mountain, a Past President at the Chamber, said: “By highlighting their contribution and telling their stories, hopefully we can inspire other women to pursue their business dream.”


Duncan Green, Managing Partner at Pick Everard, said: “Pick Everard is delighted to be the headline sponsor again of the Enterprising Women Awards, which is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the success of women across the East Midlands.


“We are bucking the national trend with over 27% of our workforce being women, compared to just 11% in the property, construction and infrastructure sector.


“Like a number of industries, ours is already held back by a skills shortage and would benefit substantially from more females developing a career in the sector. We’re proactively working to readdress the balance, from providing STEM ambassadors at schools to promoting nationally the role of women in engineering and construction.”


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Notes to Editors
1. East Midlands Chamber* won the British Chambers of Commerce Chamber of the Year Award for 2018.
2. Tickets for the Enterprising Women awards on 8 March are still available. They cost £55+VAT and include welcome drinks, a three-course dinner and entertainment http://bit.ly/2FaDFcb
3. The Enterprising Women 2019 Awards finalists are:
Social Commitment Award
Sponsored by Hastings Direct
Learn by Design
Rothera Sharp
Penny Price Aromatherapy
Zinthiya Trust
Apprentice of the Year
Sponsored by Derby College
Dominique Arthur - Dimensions
Charlotte Cory - Edward Cooper Young Chartered Surveyors
Megan Chester - Ivy House Environmental
Kirsty White - Penny Price Aromatherapy
Lauren Ingram - The Adventure Service
Female Employee of the Year
Sponsored by Smallman & Sons
Patricia Short – PCPM
Roisin Johnson - Magenta Iris
Tracey Hallam - Hope Against Cancer
Matilda Swanson – LoatesHR
Jennifer McNeil - Dodds Solicitors
Female Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored by Leicester Racecourse
Cassandra Davison - Lightningroute and Queen Victoria Arts Club
Suzanne Dixon - Kedleston Safety
Rachel Hayward - Ask the Chameleon
Rebecca Bull - My HR Hub
Lucy Rennie - LR Communications
Team of the Year
Sponsored by Leicester Tigers
Cross Productions
Primary Live
Geldards Family Team
Pick Everard
Cambridge & Counties Bank
Small Business of the Year
Sponsored by The Belmont Hotel
The Adventure Service
Heart Security Service
Penny Price Aromatherapy
Magenta Iris
Sarah Higgins Corporate Coaching
Business Woman of the Year
Sponsored by Pick Everard
Emma Brealey - Petwood Hotel
Monica Huang - Morningside Pharaceuticals
Shelia Taylor - NWG Network
Helen Johnson - Emery Johnson Astills
Kim Morgan - Barefoot Coaching