TWO businesswoman have spoken of their pride at being been short-listed for an award that champions the role of women in the workplace.
Katy Ware and Michelle Peskett, who own Ruby Funerals, in Stoke Road, Gosport, are up for a Women In Business Award.
Michelle said: ‘We are rather proud and excited.’
The National Women in Business Awards, sponsored by HSBC, is in its seventh year and this year it attracted the highest number of entries ever received.
Griselda Togobo, MD of organiser 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, 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, is one of the judges.
She 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, and the event will showcase the best Britain has to offer.
‘HSBC will be supporting them every step of the way to ensure their businesses prosper and thrive in the long term.’
Other judges include Ajaz Ahmed, founder of Freeserve, Helen Samuels from United Utilities and Saha Hashemi, founder of Coffee Republic.
The awards will take place in London on September 16, with a national final in Leeds on December 1.