Celebrating inspirational women in business across the region: final call for award nominations

Only one month remains to nominate the inspirational women in your life for the Women of Achievement Awards, with entries closing on Sunday 31 July.

Organised by not for profit networking group Women in Business Hull, the bi-annual awards celebrate the achievements of women who are setting the standard in business, blazing a trail for other women to follow in the workplace or making an outstanding contribution to the community.

Natalie Houfe, chair of Women in Business, said: “The Women of Achievement Awards recognise the best of the best, and it has been a joy to read some of the nominations received so far.

“Women in the Hull and East Yorkshire region don’t receive enough recognition for the fantastic work that they do, which is why we’re encouraging people to nominate their friends, their families, their work colleagues for one of our awards.”

Gloria Hunniford OBE, one of Britain’s best-known television and radio personalities, has been announced as this year’s guest speaker, and will be discussing her remarkable and illustrious career.

Taking place on Friday 11 November from 12-5pm at the Mercure Hotel in Willerby, there are nine categories available to enter.

This includes a new category for 2022 – the Women in STEM award – which recognises the outstanding contribution of women in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Natalie continued: “Whilst more women are beginning to take up careers in the space, there isn’t enough acknowledgement for their achievements. Our new award category is to encourage women to shout about their accomplishments, encouraging more females to pursue careers in the field of STEM.”

Jayne Taylor-Whitticks, founder of welding inspection company Magna Inspections, and a previous winner at the Women of Achievement Awards, said: “Winning the overall Women of Achievement Award back in 2012 was a huge confidence boost for me. As a relatively new business at the time, it gave me the encouragement I needed to turn my business into the multi-million pound company it is today.

“I would recommend entering the awards to anyone.”

Sponsors for the Women of Achievement Awards include Smailes Goldie, alongside Harrison Solway, Victory Leisure Homes, Jadan Press, Bishop Burton College, Ansell, The One Point, Lexus, MKM, Pace Communications, Forrester Boyd, Mercure Hotel, Banks Cooper, Edwards & Pearce, and Rollits LLP.

This year’s charity sponsor is still available for interested businesses.

Nicki Shipley, partner at Smailes Goldies, the award’s headline sponsor, said: “As accountants and business advisors in Hull, we see the achievements of some of the region’s top women in business every single day.

“Many of them have smashed glass ceilings through determination, perseverance, and simply being better than the rest. We can’t wait to see entries for the Women of Achievement Awards, and I’d encourage any woman in business with an inspiring story to tell to come forward and enter.”

The award’s chosen charity for 2022 is local cancer support charity Her Breast Friends.

Categories for this year’s Women of Achievement Awards include:

• New Business Award
• Established Business Award
• Voluntary Award
• Apprentice/ trainee Award
• Women in STEM Award
• Lifetime of Achievement Award
• Female Entrepreneur Award
• Women Breaking Boundaries Award
• Employee of the Year
• Overall Women of Achievement