KIRKLEES businesswomen have just days left to enter a high-profile competition.
Twelve categories are up for grabs in the Women in Business Awards for Yorkshire and the North East run by networking group Forward Ladies. One of the category winners will also be considered for the overall title of Outstanding Business Woman of the Year.
The deadline for entries is Friday.
Last year’s overall winner was Gomersal woman Liz Colleran, who created her company Duvalay after combining a portable memory foam mattress topper with a shaped duvet.
Denby Dale-based ice cream maker Louise Holmes, of Yummy Yorkshire, won the Home-Based Business Woman of the Year Award and trainer Gemma Blagbrough, of Dalton, was the Start-up Business Woman of the Year.
The PA of the Year title went to Heather Connaughton, personal assistant to the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor at Huddersfield University.
Other categories up for grabs this year include ones for businesswoman working in manufacturing, SMEs, not-for-profit organisations, professional services, property and retail.
Professional women from all walks of life are invited to enter the awards by nominating themselves or by getting a friend or colleague to nominate them. A 500-word award entry is required, along with a 50-word biography, a high quality photograph and supporting documentation. Entry is via the website wiba2013.com /nomination-form/
The winners will be announced at an awards lunch on Friday, November 15, at the Queens Hotel, Leeds.
Etta Cohen, founder of Forward Ladies, said: “We have an amazing pool of talented women in the North, either running their own businesses or working for companies at the cutting edge. We want them to shout about their achievements, so that we can give them the credit they deserve.”
Forward Ladies runs about 300 events a year, offers mentoring support to members, trade missions, training and development workshops, an inspirational speaker programme, business breaks and bespoke in-house training.