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Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 20 June 2016 6:47

Gloucestershire Women of the Year Awards 2016: And the winners are ...

Winners of the Gloucestershire Women of the Year Awards 2016 were announced last night at a ceremony at Cheltenham Racecourse, and we can reveal the names here.

Guests and finalists in the 11 categories packed the Gold Cup Suite at the famous Prestbury venue to await the results of what is one of the most hotly anticipated events on the year, sponsored again by Grundon Waste Management.

Previously called the Women in Business Awards, this year’s name change allowed the event to cast its net further still and was rewarded with a strong field of entries.

Chossen charity of the evening was the Hollie Gazzard Trust and guest speaker was High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, Lady Sara Bathurst of Cirencester Park (pictured below, left. Picture below right, Jenny Eastwood, editor of the Gloucester Citizen).


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"Be proud of what you have achieved already, but be humble - we are very lucky to be where we are - and be ready to share and teach others what you have learned. You have fought really hard to be where you are," she said.

Sarah Pullen is managing director of Trinity Mirror Gloucestershire, the owners of the Gloucester Citizen, Gloucestershire Echo and Stroud Life newspapers, the Gloucestershire Live website and

Mrs Pullen said: “Gloucestershire is an extraordinary place to live, work and do business. Figures released recently show Gloucestershire continues to be a hotspot for start-ups and our soon-to-be published Top 100 Businesses will describe just how diverse the county is.

“But it is not the types of business which make the county extraordinary. It is the people. It is ‘you’. People like doing business with people they like and they like doing business here in the county – which we think says something.

“Which brings us to the Women of the Year Awards. Turning the spotlight on some of the extraordinary people we have here in Gloucestershire is what the awards are all about.

“We have broadened the appeal even further this year by tweaking the focus from the original Women in Business Awards, which allows us to draw in even more entries and we hope turn the spotlight on even more of the fantastic stories there are waiting to be told.

“It gave our judges something of a headache deciding who should walk away with the honours.”

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Category sponsors were HRML, Willans, Cheltenham Racecourse, Jurys Inn, Colour Connection, Safe Hands Recruitment, Gloucestershire County Council, Investec, Barclays Bank, Smith & Williamson, Drinks reception sponsor, Smootheelicious, Table Centre sponsor, Selinas Lettings and the programme sponsor was Staverton-based Completely Motoring.

A full report and pictures will be published in Wednesday’s Business supplement in the Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen and you should already find a report and gallery on

So, to the winners …

Business of the Year: Target PRsponsored by Colour Connection

Community Champion of the Year: Victoria King-Lowe , Riverside Care and Support, sponsored by Cheltenhamracecourse

Creative Woman of the Year: Rachel Shilston, Inspiring Creativity, sponsored by Jurys Inn

Digital Woman of the Year: Georgina Thorne, Factory Pattern, sponsored by Gloucestershire County Council

Diversity Champion of the Year: Rachel Lee and Tracy Andrews, GE Aviationsponsored by Barclays

International Businesswoman of the Year: Katarzyna Slobodzian-Taylor, Mastermind Translations Ltd, sponsored by Smith & Williamson

Mentor of the Year: Teresa Hitchings, GE Aviation, sponsored by Willans LLP

Start-up Business of the Year: Launchpad Publishing Ltdsponsored by Safehands Recruitment

Woman to Watch (Under 30): Carey Buckler, Cheltenham Racecourse, sponsored by Investec

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Harriet Sanders, Harriet Sanders Ltd, sponsored by Heather Resource Management Limited (HRML)

Woman of the Year: Gill Pearson, Newberry International Produce Ltd & Smootheelicious Ltd, sponsored by Grundon

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Here we profile one of the sponsors of the awards – Law firm Willans

Willans LLP solicitors are delighted to support the Gloucestershire Women of the Year Awards, and in particular to be supporting the award for ‘Mentor of the Year’.

These awards provide a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on the many talented and successful business women within our county. 

As a business, Willans is fully committed to equality of opportunity within the workplace. There is still gender imbalance both within business and the professions. Awards ceremonies such as these, focusing on the achievements of fantastic women, can only help redress the imbalance for future generations.

We are especially delighted to be sponsoring the ‘Mentor of the Year’ category. Our firm has just appointed its second successive female managing partner.

Bridget Redmond became managing partner on June 1, having being joint managing partner with Margaret Austen for two years prior to that. Margaret had been managing partner since 2006.

Mrs Redmond, managing partner, said: “Whilst there are more women than men entering the legal profession, women are still underrepresented at partner level across the UK.

“Mentors and role model can play a hugely important part in helping women progress in the workplace as they should. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the benefit of Margaret in a mentor role, helping me to fulfil my potential.

“I am also very proud to be part of a firm that is bucking the trend when it comes to appointing female partners.”

Willans is a leading county law firm noted for giving expert, practical and personal service to businesses, individuals, charities and not-for-profit organisations. We act for local, national and overseas clients and employ around 80 people at our offices at Imperial Square in Cheltenham.

Established in Cheltenham in the 1940s, the firm offers comprehensive legal services in residential property/conveyancing; divorce & family law; wills, probate & trusts; agriculture & estates; dispute resolution/litigation; employment; commercial property; corporate & commercial; intellectual property; information technology & e-commerce; inheritance & probate disputes; property litigation; charity law and mediation.

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