We were invited to this year to attend the Leicestershire Asian Business Association (LABA) Women’s Award evening, at the Sytner Lamborghini Centre Syston, Leicester (31/10/14).
This is always a glamorous, glitzy and well attended event. What more could you ask for than a large number of expensive top of the range cars, beautifully dressed people, luxurious surroundings, great company to enjoy a sumptuous meal with, plus the opportunity to meet up with friends old and new, not forgetting the chance to give to charity.
This year’s speakers included the Right Honourable Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education, Minister for Women & Equality and Member of Parliament for Loughborough amongst others.
The 2014 LABA Women’s Awards were presented to a list of exceptional women of all ages, who have worked in the community, business field, succeeded to over challenges, used innovation and creativity to inspire and positively impact on all around them; whose contributions that have changed lives here in Leicestershire for the better.
So the 2014 LABA Women’s Awards and Winners are:
- Jyoti Leavis, Women’s Community Award 2014, sponsored by LTC
- Helen Connolly, Business Professional Award 2014, sponsored by Turkish Airline
- Shagufta Patel, Entrepreneur Award 2014, sponsored by Dluxe Magazine
- Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan, Challenge & Inspiration Award 2014, sponsored by Birmingham Airport
- Anne Hampson, Challenge & Inspiration Award 2014, sponsored by Leicestershire CCC
- Bina Sitaram, Innovation Award 2014, sponsored by Pwc
- Selina Chauhan, Youth Contribution Award 2014, sponsored by KHUKURI
- Sandra Pollock, Lifetime Achievement Awards, sponsored by CartwrightKing Solicitors
- Linda Herbert Shaw, Lifetime Achievement Awards, sponsored by sponsored by George
- Rosalind Knowles-Matthew, Lifetime Achievement Awards, sponsored by sponsored by Morningside Pharmaceuticals
- Nilima Devi, Lifetime Achievement Awards, sponsored by sponsored by Bond Adams LLP Solicitors
Being presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award raises two questions, “What is the right time for a Lifetime Achievement Award? “ and “Why has Sandra received this?”
What many do not know is that Sandra Pollock has been quietly working in the background on many projects nationally and internationally. Projects in the fields of public and private business, social enterprise and with charitable organisations, etc., for the past 30 or so years and has been the creative and innovative founder and/or catalyst to many projects and organisations specifically here in Leicestershire.
Here is a sample of just a few:
· Founded the Bread of Life, a voluntary organisation (1990 – 1994) which provided food, advice and support for Leicester’s homeless twice per week, at the time when no such programmes existed. This project led to the development of the Dawn Centre run by the Leicester City Council;
· Project Daughters, which supported women and girls in prostitution;
· Upwards UK which has supported over a 100 young unemployed people back into study, work, business start up, apprenticeship or employment;
· Sandra may be best known for her amazing work and contribution to women through her roles:
o as Director Trustee of LeicestHer Day Trust;
o The Oasis Women’s Project, funded by the Big Lottery, supporting women’s business start up;
o the National Chair (2010-2013) of Women in Management, growing the membership from 5000 to 23,000 during her tenure;
o Horizon Mentoring programme which has supported around 200 women in career development and progression, starting their own businesses, growing in confidence, self esteem and aspiration to achieve their highest potential.
· Sandra has help hundreds of business small, medium and large (in provide, public, voluntary and charitable organisations) to transform their approach to business and staff development, changing their thinking, behaviour and approach to increase their profitability and achievement.
One of the speakers during the LABA Women’s Awards evening commented ‘if you want something said, ask a man and if you want something done, ask a women’, which eloquently recognises the strength of these women’s contribution in our region and across all areas of life, including and far beyond the confines of the home reaching into our businesses, communities, nation and life in general.
These unsung heroines have made our society better, much improved because of the work of they and many more like them are prepared to do for others and our Leicestershire region.
We congratulate all of the winners and especially our Director, Sandra Pollock, it is great to have her many years of contribution over the wide arena of areas acknowledged and recognised in this way by her peers.
Thanks also to the LABA Committee for another excellent evening and for continuing to run this well organised and well needed event again this year.