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Business Woman of the Year winner, Jenna Edwards, right with Paula Orton
Business Woman of the Year winner, Jenna Edwards, right with Paula Orton
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AS THE boss of one of the south’s biggest night clubs, Jenna Edwards doesn’t know the meaning of working nine to five.

The 32-year-old was nominated for Businesswoman of the Year in The News’ first ever Woman of the Year Awards.

Her drive, determination and business acumen has made Tiger Tiger, in Gunwharf, not only one of the biggest, but one of the most successful party venues around.

And it was this that secured the award for her at last week’s glittering ceremony at The Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth

Jenna said: ‘It feels amazing to have won, really good.

‘I feel I don’t really deserve it!

‘But I have just been appointed to the area manager position which means I look after the Tigers from Portsmouth all the way to Glasgow.

‘I’m the only female area manager and I truly believe there should be more women in my position.

‘To get here I’ve had to work my socks off so I’m proud to have that recognised with this award.’

During her two years at Tiger Tiger Jenna has overseen a major refurbishment of the club, all the while keeping it open.

Jenna, who lives with her partner in Southampton, was nominated for the award by Robin Lander-Brinkley.

He said: ‘Jenna arrived as the new general manager of Tiger Tiger Portsmouth in Gunwharf Quays at the start of 2012 with a clear mission of what she wanted to achieve in Portsmouth’s premier nightspot.

‘But little did she know it would be the year of 2013 that really put her management skills, business acumen and organisational abilities to the test.

‘She is one of few women to get to the level she has in her chosen field. With 2013 proving her capability and success with Portsmouth’s biggest hospitality venue, she must be one of the top businesswomen in the city.’

Other nominees were independent celebrant Deborah McGregor, Clare Hallett-Walsh of Walsh Employment, life and wellness coach Emma Weatherstone, Stephanie Kynaston of The Beauty Beautique, Heidi Ormsby of Heidi’s Bakery and solicitor Sue Ball from Verisona.

Recruitment manager Sally Spicer, from Barclay Meade, in Whiteley, was highly commended for setting up a new team, and helping to grow the business using strong leadership skills.