"Sometimes you go through life just doing what's right and trying to solve every day problems, but you never think or do it to get noticed."
Ngunan Adamu, BBC
Organised by women’s business support provider The Women’s Organisation, the event honoured the local female entrepreneurs who are shaping the region’s business landscape across a range of industries.
Taking place in Constellations, over 70 guests joined the celebrations which were hosted by local personality and actress, Eithne Browne.
The award-winners are clients of The Women’s Organisation and were carefully selected for an award by the team of business advisers who have offered advice and support to these entrepreneurs along their business journeys.
Among those celebrated were Anna Slater who was awarded ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ having secured substantial financial investment to launch North West Linen Services and open her own factory facility in Knowsley at the tender age of 24. Securing pubs, restaurants and hotels across the region, Anna is the powerhouse behind this steadily growing business that is a major employer of more than a dozen local people.
Ngunan Adamu picked up the ‘Empowering Others Award’ having founded iWoman Academy, a women’s-only radio training academy where radio is used as a training and well-being tool. As a trained journalist and having worked at the BBC for over a decade, Ngunan utilises her passion and skills to better enable women to gain employment, return to education and/or set up their own businesses.
Enterprise Director at The Women’s Organisation, Jackie Williams, said: “This event was all about recognising and rewarding the successes of Liverpool City Region’s enterprising women. At some point in their journey, these award-winning women contacted us at The Women’s Organisation with a lightbulb business idea and have since demonstrated every ounce of determination, passion and commitment needed to launch their business and really succeed. From a whole range of industries including consultancy, recruitment, childcare, construction, third sector organisations and more, these independent businesses and the unstoppable women behind them have had an incredible impact on our local economy and we’re delighted to be able to shout about their brilliant work.”
Ngunan Adamu, Founder of iWoman Academy and winner of ‘Empowering Others Award’ said: “Sometimes you go through life just doing what's right and trying to solve every day problems, but you never think or do it to get noticed. The award was a beautiful surprise and for once in my life I was speechless. Thank you to The Women's Organisation for the unlimited support.”
The event was sponsored by local firm, Lewis Evans Chartered Accountants. Partner, Rosie Evans said: “We work with small businesses every day and it was important for us to support this event that celebrates their achievements, particularly those of local women who are still underrepresented in business. We were delighted to join The Women’s Organisation in celebrating some pioneering women who are great entrepreneurial role models in our region”.
The full list of those presented with awards at the event include:
Recruitment Business of the Year: Dobson Welch
Best Social Media Presence: Transform Lives Company
Environmental Business of the Year: UNOF Environmental Solutions
Best International Impact: KRTS Power to Recover
Health & Well-being Business of the Year: Me2u Centre
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: North West Linen Services
Construction Trade Business of the Year: The Pink Plasterer
Inspirational Woman of the Year: Sweet Pea and Little Wolf
Best New Business of the Year: AJ’s Play Days
Retail Business of the Year: Concept Corner
Campaign of the Year: ADHD Foundation
Empowering Others Award: iWoman Academy / iWoman Media