A Celebration of Women’s Achievements in Leicester

Close to eight hundred people turned out last night at the Curve Theatre in Leicester for the Jubilee Awards 2010.  Women from across the County were nomination in four award categories ‘Women in the Community’, Women in the Workplace’, ‘Women in Business’ and ‘Personal Heroes’.  Friends family and work colleagues came along to support those nominated and to cheer on finalists and winners a like.

This was a spectacular event that demonstrated the wealth of untold creativity, sacrifice, determination, business acumen and ability that exists amongst the women of our County.  The event highlighted one of the great things about Leicester and that is it’s the wonderful mix of cultures and races.  Seeing people sharing in the achievement of all women, what their background, was a particularly inspiring sight.  Watching the heartfelt hugs and congratulations shared out to all nominees and winners was also wonderful.

Our own Director Sandra Pollock, who is also National Chair of Women in Management said “It was a pleasure and an honour to be invited to take part in the judging of the Women in Business Award, along with Rajinder Bhuhi and Valerie Dwyer, and to present the certificates and award to the finalist and winner.  This was  a pleasant, but difficult task due to the amazing nominations we had the pleasure of reading through.  Each nominee truly deserves recognition for what she has achieved in her business.”

We hope to be able to provide further information on the finalist and winner in the coming weeks and months.  It would be great the share with you their tremendous achievements in business.

The only disappointing point of the evening was that Sheila Lock CEO was too ill to attend.  She was missed and we wish her a speedy recovery.

The event was funded by the Leicester City Council and supported by a number of local businesses including Highcross Leicester, The Curve, Samworth Brothers, Olga Kras, Heart 106, Hollis Photography and Leicester Mercury.  Award sponsor were Kona Blue Coffee and Deli (Women in the Community Award), Chocolate Alchemy (Women in the Workplace), The Women in Business Network (Women in Business) and Barrie Stephen Hair (Personal Heroes).

The Host for the evening was Donna Alos of Heart 106 who did a great job.  The featured presenter for the awards were Bala Thakrar, Director the Asian Foundation for Philanthropy, Liz Kendall Leicester Labour West MP, Sandra Pollock of Open Mind Coaching UK, Rajinder Bhuhi, (who gallantly stepped in at short notice for Sheila Lock) and Maureen Milgram Forrest, Founder of the LeicestHerday Trust, who presented the  Milgram Forrest Award which bears hers name.

We are quite looking forward to next year’s celebrations and truly commend the staff of the LeicestHerDay Trust for carrying the flag for and continuing to raise awareness of the amazing things that women are doing in our County.  My congratulations also are extended to the Trust and in particular Kate Merrett and  Vik Patel, for pulling off what has been a very successful celebration event.

If you were unable to attend here are some pictures taken by our roving photographer Mike.    LeicestHERday Slide Show

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