For the third consecutive year, Barclays has chosen Bowcliffe Hall as the destination for their ‘Yorkshire Women in Business’ awards ceremony. The awards, which recognise women and businesses that have made an outstanding contribution to the region, aims to bring together professional ladies to share knowledge and ideas, helping to grow the Yorkshire economy.
Bowcliffe Custodian, Jonathan Turner, said:
“We’re delighted Barclays decided to hold their Women in Business awards at Bowcliffe for the third year. Our facilities and spaces make holding an event here a talking point before the day has even really begun, plus the events and hospitality team never fail to make sure each ceremony is incredibly well-organised from start to finish. Combine all that with our various business interests in the region and the fact we’re huge advocates for investing in talent and business in Yorkshire and it’s the perfect setting for the annual awards. It was a pleasure to be asked to be a judge for the occasion. Women from all sectors across Yorkshire are securing key roles in larger companies and it’s a great way to recognise exceptional achievements for the contribution they are making – this year was as inspiring as ever.”
The day kicked off in the Blackburn Wing, where guests enjoyed drinks and networking with a vista view across some of Yorkshire’s finest farmland. They were then invited across to the decadent ballroom, where speeches were made and winners were announced.
Rachel Reeves, MP for Leeds West, was one of the speakers at the awards dinner and made a poignant address to the room, saying:
“There are now a record number of women in Parliament after the General Election, but just like the world of politics, the business world has much to do when it comes to giving women a fair deal.
“Boardrooms are still dominated by men and the pay gap between men and women remains unacceptably wide.
“These awards are an excellent chance for businesswomen from across Yorkshire to network, share ideas and knowledge. Celebrating their achievements is an important way we can mark the success of women in business today, and the future successes that I am sure will follow.”
Other speakers included the inspirational Beth Morton from ‘Row Like a Girl’, the first and fastest all-female group to row across the Atlantic Ocean and Gill Marchbank, COO at ResQ.
The awards attracted 83 nominations, which were whittled down to 22 finalists by an independent judging panel that included Amanda Shea of Harrison Spinks – a winner from last year’s awards, Bowcliffe’s Jonathan Turner, CEO at Bayford Group; Andrew Smith of Endless LLP, and Alison Page of DLA Piper.
Award categories included: ‘Woman of the Year SME Business’, which was presented to Belinda Williams of The Yorkshire Provender Ltd, ‘Woman of the Year Medium Business’, a prize scooped by Mandy Atkinson, the financial director for Hesco Bastion Limited, ‘Woman of the Year Large Business’, won by Linda Clarke, the marketing and digital director of MKM Business Supplies in Hull, ‘Rising Star’, an accolade that went to Shirin Kemp, the marketing director at Pace Communications for her previous role at KCom, Suzanne Robinson, the managing partner for EY in Yorkshire and the Humber, was named as ‘Professional Woman of the Year’ and Caroline Harrison, from Bradford-based Aspire-igen, was named as ‘Woman of the Year’ for her contribution to diversity and citizenship.
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