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Bristol and Bath Women in Business Awards are 'celebration of achievement, camaraderie and respect'

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Written by: Professor Jane Harrington | Posted 09 December 2015 16:45

Bristol and Bath Women in Business Awards are 'celebration of achievement, camaraderie and respect'
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The 2016 Bristol and Bath Women in Business Awards are now open for entries. UWE Bristol Deputy Vice Chancellor Jane Harrington explains why the university is backing the event

Women in Business Awards are back for 2016 and at UWE, Bristol, we’re delighted to have the opportunity to be the headline sponsor once again.

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These awards really are a true celebration of the achievements of businesswomen in our area, of the camaraderie, respect and understanding businesswomen have for each other and the contribution women are making to business success in the South West.

It’s been inspiring to follow the journey of some of our winners and finalists from last year.

Annette Gaddebey

Frome-based Woman of the Year Designer Goldsmith, Annette Gabbedey, above, is celebrating her 25th year in business. She recently had the honour of creating an engagement ring for Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Ellen Green from Blue Badge Company, who has appeared on BBC 2’s Dragons’ Den and is also inspiring future entrepreneurs at UWE Bristol as a mentor on our Enterprise internship scheme.

It’s also been a hugely successful year for finalist Samantha Payne, below, of Open Bionics, a start-up company that 3D prints bionic hands for amputees.

Samantha Payne


They won the coveted James Dyson Award to inspire the next generation of design engineers and were selected by the Disney Accelerator Programme based in Los Angeles, where they unveiled the next generation of bionic hands for young amputees in Disney themes.

Samantha was recently honoured internationally by Robohub – named as one of the “25 women in robotics you need to know about” in the world.

Outstanding Contribution winner Peaches Golding OBE continues to inspire and impress everyone with her longstanding contribution to business in Bristol and Bath.

Peaches Golding receives her award

Events such as these awards are important, not only because they offer the chance to recognise the talent of women in business, but also because they provide other women with role models enabling them to gain confidence so that they too may be able to achieve success in their chosen field.

How wonderful it is to have these successful entrepreneurs and role models living in our region. It’s also exciting to be able to share that coming to Bristol next year are some of the most prominent female leaders in UK business.

As part of the forthcoming calendar of UWE’s Bristol Distinguished Address Series, a series of talks highlighting the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level, we look forward to hearing from Lady Barbara Judge CBE, chair of the Institute of Directors, Talk Talk chief executive Dido Harding, Vicky Pryce, chief economic adviser for CEBR, and Vikki Heywood CBE, chair of RSA.

In my own career, I’ve been supported by both men and women. My role model started with my mother who worked throughout my childhood and always encouraged me to reach for my dreams whatever direction that took me in.

During my working life, career development and support has been both informal and formal – the informal often unexpected and insightful.

I have most valued the honesty of colleagues, the person who was willing to tell me where I had gone wrong to help me to develop.
“But I also recognise that praise, which so often in the workplace we forget the value of, is often what encouraged me to develop further and a belief that I could take on a new challenge and develop myself in different directions.

Looking to the future I can only think we will see many more women lead the field in business and that this region will set the pace.

Enter the awards, buy a ticket for the ceremony or become a sponsor here.

Professor Jane Harrington is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at UWE Bristol. A highly successful alumnus of Bristol Business School, Jane is also a member of the Bristol Women’s Commission and sits on the Confederation of British Industry’s South West Regional Council.

 Bristol and Bath Women in Business Awards 2016 sponsors

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