After finding out in July that Katie had been shortlisted for a Forward Ladies National Award, the Scriba team were invited to the afternoon awards ceremony, which took place last Friday in Newcastle. We decided to travel up on Thursday and stay overnight in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, where the event was being held, so we’d be ready for the celebrations the following day.
Early on Friday afternoon, after a morning of work – we never stop! – we headed down to the hotel’s lobby, where we were greeted with a prosecco reception. This gave us the opportunity to chat to some of the other successful women who had been shortlisted – it was great to see so many female business leaders from a wide variety of industries present.
The gala lunch presentation began shortly after, where some inspirational women gave insightful speeches between the three delicious courses.
Jennifer Crawley, head of performance for HSBC and chief awards judge, told us of her drastic career changes and how these experiences had provided her with the knowledge for the role she is currently in. The closing keynote speaker was Pamela Petty, the former managing director of Ebac, who is extremely passionate about Great British manufacturing. She expressed her personal and professional struggles within a male dominated industry, whilst recently adding to the company’s portfolio of being the UK’s only British manufacturer of washing machines.
And, in between all the stories and food, the winners of each category were gradually revealed. It finally got to Katie’s Start Up category, where 12 other incredible women were shortlisted alongside her. But, despite tough competition our amazing MD triumphed and we could barely contain our excitement as they read her name from the golden envelope! Katie is now onto the next stage of the awards, with the final ceremony being held on 1st December in Leeds, where the national winners will be unveiled.
Aside from all of the fun and excitement of winning, it was humbling to listen to the stories of such inspirational business women and the challenges they have overcome, and we’re super proud of Katie’s achievement!