From marketing to web design, and healthcare to law, Forward Ladies is celebrating the success of successful female talent in the local finals of the national Women in Business Awards for 2016, sponsored by HSBC.
Milton Keynes businesswoman Jan Flawn won the SME (Growth) businesswoman category. She is the founder of PJ Care Limited, a provider of specialist neurological care and neuro-rehabilitation for people with progressive or acquired neurological conditions. She launched PJ Care after seeing young people with neurological conditions living inappropriately in homes for the elderly. PJ Care now runs seven neurological care units, employing over 500 staff.
The Midlands Awards took place yesterday (wednesday) at a celebration lunch at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Birmingham, before an audience of senior and influential business leaders.
Griselda Togobo, MD and owner of Forward Ladies, which runs the Women in Business Awards said: "Our National Women in Business Awards Programme is in its 7th year and we are once again delighted to be working in partnership with HSBC to showcase the best women-led businesses in the UK. There is a huge amount of female talent across the UK and it's an honour to be able to showcase and celebrate their achievments.
"This year has been the biggest celebration yet and we are incredibly impressed by the calibre and quality of the applications. It has been truly outstanding."
Debra White Regional Director of Small Businesses for HSBC and Awards judge, and who presented the trophies said: "There was an impressive number of high-calibre entries this year, highlighting the quality of talented businesswomen we have in the UK. These entrants are the future entrepreneurs of our country, with the Forward Ladies event showcasing the best Britian has to offer. HSBC will be providing support to help these businesses prosper and thrive in the long term."
The eight category winners will now take part in a judging day in Manchester in November before a distinguished panel of business specialists, where they will join the finalists from events in London and the south of England, Yorkshire and the North East and the North West and the Isle of Man. The national winner will be announced at a grand finale to be held in Leeds in December.