UK & Ireland
August 25, 2016


Yorkshire businesswomen have been honored in the regional finals of the national Women in Business Awards 2016, sponsored by HSBC and organized by Forward Ladies.

Presentations took place before an audience of senior business leaders at the Crowne Plaza in Newcastle.

Carolyn Pearson, founder and CEO of Maiden-Voyage.com, a WEConnect International certified women-owned business and the world’s only specialist network connecting female business travelers globally, is this year’s Digital Category winner. They have a team of global ambassadors to support inbound business travelers by providing female travel safety training. Carolyn has raised close to £500,000 in angel investment to underpin global expansion.

Now in its seventh year, the Awards have grown from being purely regional into one of the most prestigious events in the national calendar for professional women. Forward Ladies, founded in 1999, supports women in their professional lives and celebrates and champions the role of women in the workplace.

Griselda Togobo, MD of Forward Ladies said:  “This has been a fantastic year for women; we continue to start, grow and run high profile successful companies. We have been surprised and delighted by the number and calibre and diversity of the applications we have received, and look forward to celebrating their success. The award categories are a reflection not only of the types of businesses with which women are involved but also industries which need to attract and encourage young women to join for future growth and prosperity.”

Debra White, Regional Director of Small Businesses for HSBC and Awards judge, and who presented the trophies said:  “There was an impressive number of high-calibre entries this year, highlighting the quality of talented businesswomen we have in the UK. These entrants are the future entrepreneurs of our country, with the Forward Ladies event showcasing the best Britain has to offer. HSBC will be providing support to help these businesses prosper and thrive in the long term.”