Winning women wanted to enter business awards

BUSINESS From left, Allison Marlowe and Roberta Jerram
BUSINESS From left, Allison Marlowe and Roberta Jerram
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TIME is running out for businesswomen in the area to get their entries in for the Hampshire Winning Women Business Awards 2011.

It’s the second year the awards have been held, and the ceremony will once again be held at the Langstone Hotel, in Hayling Island.

The awards are open to any woman who either owns her own company, from tiny firms to large businesses, or is a senior manager.

The awards come in five categories: new business venture, networking champion, overcoming adversity, business mum extraordinaire, and ‘womanpreneur’ of the year.

The awards were set up by Allison Marlowe as part of the Hampshire Winning Women network, which she began in 2004.

She said: ‘One of the reasons for setting up the awards was because women can find it quite difficult to juggle a family and a business.

‘I felt particularly that women weren’t being recognised for their achievements, so I thought they needed a way for that to happen.

‘We need to remember that running a business is not just about hard work all the time, we need to take a look back over our shoulder and see how far we’ve come and what we’ve achieved.

‘I also wanted to help inspire women who are thinking about setting up a business, and help them take the first step.’

Entries for the awards close on April 30 at midnight, and forms can be filled in online at hwwba.co.uk.

Roberta Jerram, of Whiteley, won the new business venture award last year for her company Linen At Home.

She is once again entering the awards, this time in the womanpreneur of the year category, and says the benefits of entering – and winning – make the awards very worthwhile.

She added: ‘It’s certainly made a difference to my business.

‘It’s raised the profile of the business, got my name out there.

‘There are a lot of women out there who perhaps don’t give themselves the credit they deserve for what they are achieving.’

The awards will be held on June 23.