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CHAMBER NEWS


Search continues for Enterprising Women Awards 2021


Women Awards 2021 remain open. Founded by Jean Mountain and


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Eileen Richards MBE, the awards celebrate the outstanding work that is carried out by women in business across the East Midlands. It is the last chance to apply for


the 2021 season, with the deadline on Monday 21 December at 5pm. The awards are designed to suit


every business and professional at each stage of their career. Categories include: Social Commitment Award,


sponsored by PPL PRS; Apprentice of the Year; Employee of the Year, sponsored by Smallman and Son; Female Entrepreneur of the Year; Team of the Year; Small Business of the Year, sponsored by Unique Window Systems; Outstanding Contribution to Work in STEM, sponsored by Pick Everard; Business Woman of the Year, supported by headline sponsor Futures Housing Group. Enterprising Women co-founder


and Chamber vice-president Eileen Richards MBE said: “These awards are really special every single year, but 2020 has brought to light so much resilience and innovation. “We’ve all had breaking points


and as women, we’re not always good at admitting that but we’ve kept going. “At the beginning of the year, all


we spoke about was Brexit, and it’s only very recently that we’ve started talking about it again. “Covid-19 has come along and


some of us have had a really tough time, but we’ve got through it and what a better way to celebrate that than putting yourself - or a deserving colleague - forward for an Enterprising Women award.”


ast Midlands Chamber continues the search for its Business Woman of the Year as applications for the Enterprising


JASMINE THOMPSON CATCHES UP WITH ENTERPRISING WOMEN’S 2020 WINNERS


APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR 2020 Sophie Neal - Assistant cost manager at Turner & Townsend


How has the recognition helped to shape your career since and what are your future aspirations? Receiving the recognition has really motivated me to continue working hard towards completing my degree and becoming RICS-accredited with Turner & Townsend. Seeing so many successful and inspirational women at the awards has really given me the confidence that women can succeed in this industry with the right attitude and hard work.


What impact do these awards have on enterprising women and why is it important to recognise their contributions? The awards help to build a network of successful role models for women like myself at the early stages of their career. It’s important to recognise everyone’s contributions, however as women are a minority in the construction industry, it’s essential to build on this for future generations.


SOCIAL COMMITMENT AWARD 2020 Diana Esho - Director at Easy Internet Services


Describe the feeling of winning the award on the night? I was in absolute shock; I couldn't speak and I was so overwhelmed it didn’t sink in until a few weeks later. My children were so happy, they took out the award and certificate as soon as I got home and put them where we could see them every day.


What impact do these awards have on enterprising women and why is it important to recognise their contributions? There are many enterprising women who never have the opportunity to be recognised for their valuable input within their communities or areas of expertise. They should never feel they need to be recognised because if they did, they would be doing the work for the wrong reasons. However, having these awards and finding those hidden and undiscovered amazingly enterprising women is important for mentors.


FEMALE EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR Emma Anderson - Director at Freeths LLP


How has the recognition helped to shape your career since and what are your future aspirations? I received a great deal of positive feedback following the event and that was welcome from a profile-raising point of view. The importance of that has made me conscious of the need to encourage my colleagues and peers to put themselves forward for recognition where they can – something that typically women are reticent to do.


What impact do these awards have on enterprising women and why is it important to recognise their contributions? The contribution of enterprising women to the overall business environment is sometimes overlooked. At a time when gender equality still has some way to go, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic appears to have had disproportionately adverse effects on some working women, highlighting their contribution is of vital importance.


OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO WORK IN STEM Louise Curd - Director of programmes at Learn by Design


Describe the feeling of winning the award on the night? When it was announced, I think we made heads turn as we were a little loud! We were over the moon to get some recognition. I'm very proud of our team and to see the huge smiles on their faces was amazing. We spend our time every day supporting young people on their career journeys in STEM and it was fantastic to think someone was supporting and recognising the impact we make.


What impact do these awards have on enterprising women and why is it important to recognise their contributions? For us, breaking down stereotypes is an important part of our work so recognising enterprising women helps us to demonstrate that you can excel in all walks of life regardless of gender. We also saw the award as firm support of the fact that there is equality within our teams at Learn by Design.


Applications must be downloaded from www.emc-dnl.co.uk/ewawards and emailed to events@emc-dnl.co.uk before 5pm on Monday 21 December. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sanjib Sahota on 07776 596889 or email sanjib.sahota@emc-dnl.co.uk


44 business network December 2020/January 2021


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