TWO south Warwickshire entrepreneurs are finalists in a national awards celebrating female inspirational achievers.
Amanda Chalmers, from Warwick and Vicki Bravington, from Stratford, are among five women from across the UK competing for the crown in this year’s prestigious Woman Who Achieves Awards – Media and Marketing categories.
Amanda, who launched Chalmers News PR four years ago following a 30-year career in newspapers, is up against four other nominees.
Vicki, who runs Atherstone-on-Stour-based media planning and buying company Shakespeare Media, is named among three fellow finalists.
It marks the 7th year of The Woman Who Achieves Awards, run by Sandra Garlick MBE, recognising and celebrating the achievements of women in business.
The winners from all 12 categories will be revealed at an awards lunch at Coombe Abbey Hotel in Coventry on July 1.
Amanda has worked her way up the career ladder as a journalist at newspapers in and around Warwickshire for three decades.
Now, through her PR and copywriting business, she works with a busy portfolio of clients across a wide variety of sectors.
She said: “I have loved spending the past four years championing so many wonderful small businesses in and around Warwickshire – even supporting a few local awards campaigns with their PR – and this year the tables were turned and I was encouraged by clients to enter myself, but never imagining I’d even get this far.”
Vicki established media planning and independent buying agency Shakespeare Media in 2014 working with local and national brands, and recently won a Ladies First Professional Development Award for Excellence In Marketing,
She said: “I’m delighted and proud to be yet again among such inspirational women in my category.
“It’s also fitting that Shakespeare Media should now been working with Chalmers News PR as our official new PR partner. It’s so good for us to be flying the flag for female entrepreneurs in Warwickshire.”
‘Media’ and ‘Marketing’ are two of the new categories introduced by Sandra Garlick MBE as part of her Woman Who Awards this year.
She said: “Each year more and more entrants to the Awards had a marketing and media focus, especially since the pandemic.
It seemed appropriate to recognise these women in business and celebrate their achievements. I was overwhelmed with the volume and quality of entries in these fields.”
Visit www.womanwho.co.uk/ for more information about The Woman Who Academy and Awards.