Inspirational achievers from Warwickshire scoop Ladies First Awards - The Leamington Observer

Inspirational achievers from Warwickshire scoop Ladies First Awards

Leamington Editorial 24th Jun, 2024   0

INSPIRATIONAL achievers from Warwickshire were among those celebrated at the sixth Ladies First Professional Development Network Business Awards.

Four hundred people assembled at Dallas Burston Polo Club in Southam for the glittering ceremony hosted by Kirsty Leahy, Karen Jones and ‘Roberto’.

Warwickshire winners included BBC radio presenter Trish Adudu who was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Media, as well as Rugby’s Louise Adkins, founder of Share Haulage, who was named Business Woman of the Year and Jackie Allan, who runs Revolve in Leamington who received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Fashion and Retail. Journalist Sally Bee, from Stratford, was presented with a special Woman of Courage Award.

Trish, from Coventry, has enjoyed a career in TV and radio spanning more than 30 years, including as an original member of ITV’s Loose Women panel between 1999 and 2002. She is currently well known for presenting the Weekday Afternoon programme on BBC local radio.

She said: “I am overjoyed and overwhelmed to receive this honour. I have watched Ladies First and their incredible rise in the community consciousness and been in awe of the stories that have been represented. With all those fantastic stories I’m proud to know that Tracey and her team have picked my story as one to honour.”

Meanwhile, Jackie Allan said: “Winning this award means so much and most of all I am proud that I have been in business for 35 years surviving recessions and Covid. We have adapted and our customers have always been loyal. This award shows how much the service we provide is appreciated by our customers and peers and it motivates me to continue working, always keeping positive.”

Sally Bee added: “Receiving this special award meant such a lot to me. Not least because it meant I was being recognised by other women who work hard to lift each other up and support one another. Surviving six heart attacks was tough, but it was the support of my women friends that had the strongest impact on me and I hope in turn, I can inspire other women to never give up hope of a happy and successful life, no matter what traumas have been endured.”

Winners recognised for their charitable and campaigning efforts included Dr Tania Hebert, West Midlands Co-ordinator for Medical Ukraine, from Stratford.

Tania’s work involves coordinating medical aid for Ukrainian hospitals, recently culminating in the formation of a registered charity, Ukrainian Medical Charity.

She said: “This has been a labour of love and has sustained my mental health in coping with the pain of the illegal invasion of Ukraine. It means so much for our hard work to be recognised and I’m so grateful to our amazing volunteer team and donors.”

The full list of winners

Inspirational Woman Award (Sponsored by Ladies First) The Lionesses Women’s England Football Team

Business Woman of the Year (Sponsored by Edwards Wealth) Louise Adkins – Share Haulage, Rugby

Lifetime Achievement Award in Media (Sponsored by Ladies First) Trish Adudu – Radio presenter, from Coventry

Lifetime Achievement Award in Fashion & Retail (Sponsored by Ladies First) Jackie Allan – Revolve, Leamington

Trailblazer of the Year (Sponsored by Alsters Kelley Solicitors) Helen Morton – Helen Morton Advocacy, Leamington

Business Resilience Award (Sponsored by Affiniti Search) Emma Sansom – Flamingo Marketing Strategies, Leamington

Outstanding Entrepreneur Award (Sponsored by Chalmers News PR) Bianca Rodrigues-Perry – Bia’s Kitchen Show, Leamington

Excellence In Health & Wellbeing (Sponsored by Air Aesthetics) Julia Senah – Almond Care, Nuneaton AND Becci Fox – Solihull Moors, Solihull

Business Consultant/Coach of the Year (Sponsored by Diffuse Retail) Anita Dinnes – BCSL Consulting, Stratford


Woman of Courage (Sponsored by Ladies First) Sally Bee – journalist, Stratford


Achieves For Charity (Sponsored by Therapy & Fitness Centre) Naomi Rees-Issit – OurJay Foundation, Rugby


Campaign of the Year (Sponsored by Richard George Tailoring) Dr Tania Hebert – West Midlands Co-ordinator for Medical Ukraine, Stratford


Volunteer of the Year (Sponsored by Mallory Court) Safeena Mohamed, Coventry AND Amanda Burford – Packmore Estates, Warwick

Networker of the Year (Sponsored by Findabiz) Tessa Rhodes – Phoenix Ladies, Nuneaton

Business Man of the Year (Sponsored by Pertemps Network Group) Richard Gunton – Richard George Tailoring, Leamington

Business Resilience Man of the Year (Sponsored by Ladies First) Robert Singleton and Gavin Leach – Windmill Hill Brewing Company & Tavola, Leamington

Sustainable Business Leader (Sponsored by Nomuda) Amanda Bourne – Tree-v Limited, Coventry

Family Business of the Year (Sponsored by Benussi Law) Ann and Andy Hawkins – Franklin & Hawkins Funeral Directors, Coventry

Excellence in Technology & Innovation (Sponsored by Nomuda) Becky Patel – Tech She Can, Coventry

Wellness Coach of the Year (Sponsored by Air Aesthetics) Lily Cook – LPC Sports Therapy & Yoga, Coventry Excellence In Professional Services (Sponsored by Pertemps Network Group) Jas Thiara – Alsters Kelley Solicitors, Balsall Common

Achieves For The Community (Business) (Sponsored by Ladies First) Jamieson Christie Wealth Management, HQ in Balsall Common

Inspirational Business Man of the Year (Sponsored by Pertemps Network Group) Rob Butler – Tri Wellness Limited, Solihull

Community Champion (Sponsored by Therapy & Fitness Centre) John Street – Free@last, Birmingham

Start-up of the Year (Sponsored by Audley Binswood) Paola Spiga, Glam & Glow Beauty Lab, Hockley Heath

Inclusive Leadership (Sponsored by Ash Family Law) Julia Von Klonowski – Digital Skills Consulting Limited, Reading

Rising Star & Future Leader Business & Inspirational (Sponsored by Bia’s Kitchen Show) Heather Enness, Whitehorse Maritime Academy, Southampton

Young Futures First Influencer Award (Sponsored by Ladies First) Aaron O’Brien, Wolverhampton Courtnee Gallagher, Bmet College

Angus Baskerville, Stratford Leah Atkins, Bmet College Fatima Mohammed, Bmet College







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