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"Women across Nottinghamshire are securing key roles in businesses and this is a great opportunity to unearth role models and recognise outstanding achievements across diverse sectors. Events like this are also a chance to bring together the female business community within the region to share knowledge and ideas. It provides a forum to network and celebrate the major contribution women in business make in creating a vibrant economy in Nottingham and beyond. Entering the awards is an excellent way to raise both individual and company profiles. And as a local business with a high volume of female employees, Hillarys is fully behind this initiative. We are committed to creating a supportive, inclusive culture with fantastic career opportunities. This includes flexible working, which is a preferred way of working for both men and women at all stages of their working lives".

Susan White, marketing director

businesswoman of the year

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"These awards recognise and celebrate the many dynamic business women across Nottinghamshire and Fraser Brown is proud to support them and in particular the category of “the Businesswoman of the Year” as it recognises great success by women in business, and also great leaders who inspire the next generation. It is very much a part of the Fraser Brown ethos to foster the growth and development of local people and businesses and the women that play a key role in that process. This is our third year sponsoring this award and it is great to see the high calibre of winners representing excellence in business in the locality.”

fiona boswell, partner

Inspirational woman of the year

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“We’re delighted to be part of the Nottingham Post ‘Women in Business Awards’ 2018. This is a fantastic chance for us to recognise women across the region who are blazing a trail in their respective fields. Being part of the awards is a great privilege as it gives us the opportunity to get to know more amazing women and hear their stories. We are particularly excited by the chance to sponsor the ‘Inspirational Women of the Year’ category. Inspiring and energizing our teams is a big priority for us at Experian, so we’re especially keen to celebrate incredible role models who are motivating others to pursue their own career ambitions. We’re honoured to put our name beside this award and are looking forward to seeing some high-quality entries showcasing Nottingham’s amazing women."

alison sharp, hr director

female executive of the year

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“Working at Deloitte in Nottingham for my whole career, I have a real passion for championing women in leadership and the role we play in the region to inspire future generations. To motivate and retain female leaders is essential and the Nottingham Post ‘Women in Business Awards’ is a fantastic platform to showcase our local past, present and future female leaders. “Through sponsoring the ‘Female Executive of the Year Award’ we want to put a spotlight on those female executives who are outstanding leaders, or who have achieved business success and therefore driven prosperity and growth within Nottinghamshire. “Enabling women at all levels to succeed is a business priority for Deloitte and we pride ourselves on being a great place to work, however, we are always striving to be better. “Respect and inclusion is at the heart of our talent strategy and we are working hard to ensure our talent pool is, and remains, diverse. As a professional services firm, we work best with a diversified workforce as it drives creativity and innovation to meet the demands of our diversified clients. “As a firm, we are now recruiting an increased proportion of women both at entry level and experienced hire level, and have significantly increased the retention of women in our business. This is progress and has been achieved through a number of interventions, such as the Return to Work programme, our approach to agile working and our Working Parents Transitions Programme. “I am really looking forward to the awards, to hear the finalists’ stories and network with Nottinghamshire’s leading female talent.”

Joanna Waring, Partner, Deloitte Nottingham

ENTREPRENEUR of the year

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"We’re very excited to be sponsoring the Entrepreneur of the Year’ category at this year’s Nottingham Post Women in Business Awards. At Barclays, we recognise the differing needs of entrepreneurs and the growth strategy for their business. That’s why we introduced our High Growth and Entrepreneur proposition to meet these needs. In addition, we launched a £370 million Midlands Growth Fund earlier this year to drive economic growth and create jobs which demonstrates our commitment to this region. It’s the first year we have been involved with these awards but we have heard good things and we are very much looking forward to networking with Nottingham’s female business community and sharing stories. It’s going to be an exciting and inspiring evening and we’d like to take the opportunity to wish all the finalist’s in this year’s awards, the very best of luck"!

lynn morris, relationship director

women in construction

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"With a local base in Nottingham, Willmott Dixon is a privately-owned construction and interior fit-out group. Chief Executive, Rick Willmott, is the fifth generation to lead our business. As a company with a long legacy in the East Midlands, we want to play a part in supporting the region’s growth, provide opportunities for greater collaboration, thinking and influencing, and both attract and retain the next generation of workers. We know that the construction industry is facing a skills shortage. Our future growth is reliant on attracting, retaining and developing the very best talent and for us that means properly addressing the gender gap. The industry is making progress. More women are being appointed to senior roles, becoming fantastic role models, and 38% of our own management trainee intake last year were women. But we’re still missing out on a huge pool of untapped talent. Being sponsors of Construction News’ Inspire Me national campaign and the Women in Construction award category at Nottingham Post’s Women in Business Awards are brilliant ways to galvanise our industry like never before, to embrace the leadership diversity challenge".

Michelle Cotterill, Director

rising star

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"We’re delighted to sponsor the Rising Star category at this year’s Nottingham Post Women in Business Awards. As one of the region’s most high-profile organisations, it’s important to us that we support local initiatives. These awards recognise the talent of local women who are making a significant contribution to their business. An organisation is only as good as the people who work for it. As a growing and ambitious business, East Midlands Airport understands the importance of ensuring women play a key role within the industry; nurturing and developing regional talent is fundamental to our success. Our support of these awards also demonstrates MAG’s commitment to increasing its organisational diversity and inclusion at all levels of the business. We have a diverse customer base and aim to support and mirror that diversity within MAG.  East Midlands Airport welcomes almost 5 million passengers a year travelling to routes across Europe, America and Mexico, and is the largest pure-freight cargo airport in the UK. We are proud to celebrate business women in Nottingham. We congratulate all those shortlisted for these awards. For more information on MAG and East Midlands Airport, visit magairports.com".

heidi barlow, head of marketing

apprentice of the year

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"Babington is proud to sponsor the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award 2018. As a national training provider, but with our roots in the East Midlands, Babington has been supporting women with their careers since 1974 and is one of the longest running apprenticeship providers in the UK. We are pleased to have supported young females starting out in the world of work and established business women who want to continue to learn and develop or provide their staff with the tools to do so.  Working with businesses of all sizes and as an OFSTED Grade 2 training provider, we have a core focus on Accountancy, Financial Services, Leadership & Management, Project Management, Sales and Marketing, Property Services and Business Administration.  We’re excited to be part of the Nottingham Post Women in Business Awards as this allows us to personally recognise female talent. We would like to congratulate all the finalists at this year’s Women in Business Awards and wish you continued future success".

David Marsh, Chief Executive Officer

new business of the year

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"A key element of our Eversheds Sutherland people strategy is to foster an inclusive environment where all are able to flourish, regardless of background, age, race or gender. Supporting gender diversity across Eversheds Sutherland is a key part of our wider commitment to our overall diversity agenda. In keeping with our commitment to continually improve the delivery of our services as a Global Law Firm for the benefit of the local East Midlands Market, we are extremely proud to support this year’s Women in Business awards and in particular the category of “New Business of the Year”. Eversheds Sutherland is a law firm that has a great history of innovation in the professional services sector. Supporting new local businesses that are aligned to our own values in this way is a wonderful opportunity for which we are grateful to participate. Our involvement in this year’s awards category is an exciting step towards supporting all local businesses".

Nicola Bennison, Partner

small business of the year

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“After working for both a national organisation and a small privately-owned firm, I identified there was a gap in the market. So, I took the leap into setting up my own small business, believing that I could fill that gap by offering a professional corporate service with a friendly, tailored and personable approach. As a business owner, I understand how important it is to support each other in the local and regional business community. It is a challenge to start up a business, especially as a woman in the industry. Throughout the 30 years the Harper Recruitment Group has been established, it still remains a challenging environment for women in business. However, we continue to challenge the stereotyping and break down the barriers of prejudice. With drive, determination, hard work, along with the support of a strong business community and the right staff, the Harper Recruitment Group is going from strength to strength. We make sure that we are at the forefront of industry trends and innovations, embracing technology, tempering it with the balance of traditional recruitment methods. The Harper Recruitment Group specialises in the following sectors; Admin / Office Support, Customer Service, Languages, Managerial / Executive, HR, Finance, Sales, Marketing, Legal & Temporary. Whether you’re looking for a job or to hire, we have an expert team of consultants ready to guide you through the entire recruitment process from beginning to end.”

jane harper, managing director


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