Established eight years ago, the accolades aim to acknowledge the work of enterprising female talent within the workplace and celebrate respected businesswomen across a wide variety of industries.
The regional awards ceremony took place on Friday 22nd September at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle, where the category winners were announced. Despite tough competition, Katie succeeded in scooping up the bespoke glass trophy for Start Up of the Year, which champions distinctive women in business whose companies are within their first five years of trading.
The three-course gala lunch presentation included talks from inspirational women, including keynote speaker Pamela Petty, who is a board member at the Entrepreneurs’ Forum. Formerly the managing director of Ebac – the UK’s only washing machine manufacturer – Pamela is passionate about British manufacturing and spoke emphatically about her personal and professional struggles of succeeding in a male-dominated environment.
"It was a great day celebrating women in business, and I am delighted to have won the Start Up gong."
Following the event, Forward Ladies’ managing director Griselda Togobo expressed her pride in the winners and said: “This has been a fantastic year for women, and through our National Awards we are once again delighted to be working in partnership with HSBC to showcase the very best women in business in the UK.
“The calibre of entries has been increasing year on year, but this year we had a number of outstanding entries and it was a wonderful afternoon of celebration and sharing their remarkable success. The standard of all our shortlisted entries was truly exceptional.”
Katie founded Scriba PR in 2013, and provides comms support to technical B2B companies. Commenting on her achievement she said: “It was a great day celebrating women in business, and I am delighted to have won the Start Up ‘gong’. It came as a huge shock as I was shortlisted alongside some hugely successful women in a very crowded category, so I feel privileged and honoured to have been chosen.”
Following the final regional ceremony next month, November will see all of the winners take part in a judging day in Manchester, before a distinguished panel of business leaders. The finalists from all regions will then be invited to the grand final ceremony on 1st December in Leeds, where the overall national winners will be announced.
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