Leading business personalities celebrated at #WIBA17

Over 200 business leaders packed into The Villa, Wrea Green on Thursday 23 November 2017 to celebrate Lancashire’s third annual Women in Business Awards, sponsored by VSI and hosted by Downtown Lancashire in Business.

The gala awards dinner, presented by BBC presenter Jacey Normand, rewarded some of the best female business leaders and entrepreneurs from across the county.

The big winners on the evening included Red Star Wealth Management (Business of the Year), Antonia Love of Farleys Solicitors LLP (Decade of Excellence), and Sarah Warren of UCLan (Chief Executive’s Award).

Frank McKenna, CEO of Downtown in Business commented:

“The quality of the nominees and the winners this years were superb. As always, the Lancashire audience was first class, and we had a really cracking night celebrating the best in the business as far as female entrepreneurship and leadership is concerned.”

The Winners are:

Newcomer of the Year – Rachel and Lauren Finch, Finch Bakery
Employee of the Year – Eleisha Cartlidge, Tienda Digital
Marketer of the Year – Shahida Bibi, Printed Cup Company
Digital and Creative Award – Susie Tucker, Daisy May Creations
Legal Advisor of the Year – Stacey Turner, CG Professional
Financial Advisor of the Year – Suzie Brooks, Brooks Accountants
Property Professional of the Year – Sally Calvert, Napthens Solicitors
Recruiter of the Year – Victoria O’Connor, Reed Global
Business Support Award – Lesley Crowe, Blackpool Unlimited
Hospitality Award – Sharon Brook, Samlesbury Hotel
Business Development manager Award – Lucy Hodge, Merlin Entertainments
Female Leader of the Year – Lisa Banks, UCLan
Female Innovator of the Year – Rebecca Rowley, Beau Baby
Decade of Excellence – Antonia Love, Farleys Solicitors LLP
Business of the Year – Red Star Wealth Management
Chief Executive’s Award – Sarah Warren, UCLan

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