Glitz and glamour as Network She celebrates the UK’s most remarkable women and young people
INSPIRATIONAL women from around the UK have been recognised for outstanding achievements in business and beyond at the annual Network She Foundation Awards held in Llandudno.
Winners included coaches, leaders and business owners in education, sport, health and tourism, as well as community-spirited and committed charity fundraisers.
This year’s event was held at Venue Cymru, Llandudno with an audience well in excess of 200 business leaders and dignitaries, and featured winners across 14 awards categories.
A date for your diary
Network She Foundation International Women’s Day Awards 2017 will take place on Friday 10th March
"Thank you so very much Ruth,
You certainly know how to throw a party! I had the best night, it was so professional, the food was fab- well done Network She x"
Shoned Owen- TANya WHITEbits
"What a fantastic evening! I felt really honoured to be there and absolutely delighted and amazed to win the Citizen category award."
The glittering gala dinner included a hilarious turn from comedian Suzy Bennett, singer Chris James, emerging pop girl band Office Girls, and was hosted by leading business guru Kate Hardcastle.
Network She Foundation a full registered charity supporting women and young people from across the country, giving them access to skills, confidence and networks that they need to become successful individuals.
"What a night!! We had a ball. Again Ruth you and the team do an amazing job - Well done and you should be very proud of this! To get the award meant so much to me"
“I am thrilled to be receiving this recognition on behalf of the Diana Award. To receive an award for doing this is incredibly humbling. This comes at a pivotal point as we seek business partners and supporters who will enable us to create opportunities for many more young people here in Wales.”
Foundation founder Ruth Lloyd-Williams said the event had been a resounding success and she congratulated all the winners as well as the shortlisted finalists.
“The judges said it was one of the toughest years they’ve faced in terms of deciding winners,” she said. “Every single one of the winners and finalists and the many more who entered had such inspirational stories to tell.
“I’m just so pleased that the Network She Foundation can shine a spotlight on these women and young people whose amazing achievements might otherwise go unnoticed by many.”
Some of the winners
The awards coincide with International Women’s Day (Tuesday 8 March), an annual event in the international calendar celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
Ruth added: “We set out this year to create the biggest, most glamorous occasion yet and we certainly achieved that. Kate was a great host, Suzy was so much fun, Kate was a great host, Chris was wonderful during dinner and Office Girls brought a glitzy, party atmosphere to the evening."
The list of winners were as follows:
- Young Business Woman of the Year (Under 30): Alissa Copal, Izzy Melody
- New Business of the Year (trading under 2 years): TANya WHITEbits
- Business of the Year (50% female workforce): Steph’s Beauty Lounge
- Leadership Award: Colette Costello
- Woman in Education Award: Angela Fan
- Woman in Sport Award (coach): Elan Mon Gilford
- Woman in Health: Ruth Ballantine
- Woman in Tourism: Carolyn Dorrell
- Rural Business Woman of the Year: Frankie Hobro
- Citizenship Award (community or charity work): Brenda Fogg
- Man of the Year: Gareth Rawling
- Woman of Influence Award (supporting, encouraging or developing others): Dr Andrea Fidgett
- Business Woman of the Year Award (30 or over): Teresa Scott
- Special Recognition: Tessy Ojo CEO of the Diana Award