“We are all busy people and as I drove to the event (my first attendance), I considered if my attendance was a priority. Once there, I realised I had made the right decision! The quality of the event was top notch, the ladies nominated were inspirational and the guest speaker (Petra) was just awesome! A great investment of my time to celebrate such great people and their stories."

Mike Swift, HSBC Area Director, Corporate Banking Yorkshire

“The whole day was a fantastic tribute to women in business. I had the opportunity to meet and network with some inspiring people with fantastic businesses."

Marie Binks, Senior Commercial Manager, HSBC

“A great opportunity to meet and support some impressive female entrepreneurs."

Rachel Shatliff, BA (Hons) ACIB, HSBC Deputy Regional Director, Corporate Banking North

“Just wanted to say that all the ladies have been raving about how much they enjoyed yesterday and want to go on another one! Unfortunately for them we have filled the tables at the other events! You could tell in the office that it had also been a good bonding session for that team as they don't often get the opportunity to go out and let their hair down together.”

Adrian Hegarty, Coop Insurance

“Sky is hugely proud to support the fantastic work of Forward Ladies . At Sky, our vision is a world where a career in technology is as attractive to women as it is to men. The inspiring stories of all the women recognised in these awards shines a light on the very best role-models in our industry today, which we hope in turn, will encourage more women to consider and pursue a career in technology"

Sue Mosley, SKY UK

The team at LCF Law is honoured to be part of the buzz and celebration of the achievement of women in business and support Forward Ladies.

Simon Stell, Managing Partner, LCF Law

“East Coast has been delighted to sponsor Forward Ladies’ Women in Business Awards for the past two years. This has given us the opportunity to engage with many successful and influential professional women across the UK. We have had excellent value from working with Forward Ladies by being given a wide range of opportunities to not only update its members about our product and service improvements, but also from myself and a few colleagues actually signing up to and joining the organisation – we’ve not only sponsored Forward Ladies but become Forward Ladies ourselves.”

Karen Boswell MD, East Coast

“Every woman at the Forward Ladies Women in Business awards has an amazing story to tell. The Awards give us all the opportunity to recognise and applaud their achievements. We’ve been a part of the celebrations since the beginning and use the chance to celebrate some of the women who work with us. They have an amazing day and never fail to be moved by the incredible stories of the finalists.

Anyone in business these days faces challenges. Many of the women who enter have had to jump across many hurdles to get to where they are today. This is their day to shine and inspire.”

Ann McCracken Communications Manager, O2

What awards attendees have said

"I was delighted and honoured to win the Forward Ladies Business Woman of the Year Award in 2016.  This has enabled me to further enhance my business profile and continue to mentor female entrepreneurs and promote women in business.  As a keen advocate of women leaders and a mentor to young people and women, I am able to use my Forward Ladies accolade to promote the awards to women within my business community to put themselves forward for this prestigious award.  Winning this award further proves that determination and a desire to achieve ones goals are the most important factors for success."

- Jan Flawn - Owner of PJ Care - Outstanding Business Woman of the Year 2016

"Congratulations on a fantastic event.I was delighted to be invited to attend the awards.  The opportunity to be immersed in the positivity and energy of a room full of highly accomplished business women came at a perfect time for me after returning to work from maternity leave. I left the event feeling inspired and very impressed by the enthusiasm and success of the ladies who spoke and received awards. I also found it refreshing to hear women speaking not only about their achievements in business but also the challenges they have faced along the way and insecurities they still feel. It is clear that these amazing women have been able to view these challenges as hurdles to overcome, rather than barriers to their success - and I found that so inspiring!" 

 - Dr. Kate Allinson - Service Delivery Graduate Trainee, Yorkshire Water

"I am proud to be at the National Women in Business Awards 2016, Inspirational ladies !"

- Helen Hague - Head of HR at Huthwaite International

“I am honoured to be part of such an inspiring group of women at the National Women in Business Awards and I am thrilled to win the Best Emerging SME award. Thank you Forward Ladies for the honour and great event."

- Tricia Cusden - Founder and MD of Look Fabulous Forever - SME Emerging Business of the Year 2016

"Thank you Forward Ladies for your hospitality. It was an inspiring afternoon."

- She Does Digital

“Amazingly proud to have won Inspiring Leader award at the National Women in Business Awards 2016, Yorkshire, North East & Scotland Regional & Grand Final. A huge thank you to Griselda Togobo and the team at Forward Ladies and headline sponsors HSBC for a fabulous event."

- Vicki Davenport - Sales & Commercial Director of The Pink Link - Inspiring Leader of the year 2016

"An enjoyable day celebrating success with some inspirational stories & meeting new business contacts what's not to love ! Well Done Forward Ladies"

- Catherine Kiaie

“It was an amazing day at the National Women in Business Awards 2016 and it was great to be part of it."

- Temporis Legal

"The gala was truly incredible and it was an absolute pleasure to share this day with you all!"

- Anna Parker - LCR Export Coordinator for Yorkshire & Humber - Department of International Trade - Category sponsor for International 2016

“Thank you to the whole team at Forward Ladies for providing such a fantastic event, The guest speakers were fantastic and whilst they were very different it was touching and inspiring to hear such personal stories from them all."

- Liz Wild - Investment Manager - McInroy & Wood Ltd - WiBA 2016

"Many thanks to you and your team for a great event today! I thoroughly enjoyed it!"

- Sue Robinson - ITS Europe, London Regional Heats 2015

“Thanks for the kind invitation to join you on Friday at your London Regional Heats. Truly inspiring especially in an age when awards events are in abundance."

- Arif Zaman, FRSA - Executive Director, Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBW) - London Regional Heats 2015

"A note to thank you and your team very much indeed for a fantastic day on Friday.  I particularly enjoyed listening to Karen Boswell,  she was truly inspiring. Although I was obviously disappointed not to win, I can safely say that my fellow finalists and I were beaten by a truly worthy winner. It was great to be amongst such a wonderful group of dynamic, hard-working and engaging women, and I thank you for making it all happen. Onwards and upwards!"

- Sandy Ruddock - Scarlett & Mustard Ltd, London & South Finalist 2015

“Thank you so much for inviting me to the Forward Ladies Regional Awards on Friday. It was truly inspirational as are you.I felt so blessed to be in a room so full of drive, determination, fun and success. It has really helped me to start focussing on my role. Thank  You."

- Iyabo Akinbolaji - Head of Organisational Development, AKD Solutions

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for shortlisting me for the final this year. It was a real honour to be amongst a room of fabulous women in my category. I thought that the afternoon was really wonderful and a great celebration of many women’s achievements.”

- Sarah - Sarah Caswell

“I just wanted to congratulate you, Linda and all your team on organizing and delivering a fantastic and thoroughly professional Women in Business Awards Ceremony. I was particularly impressed with your speech and , although I had to leave early, I understand Etta also delivered a rousing call to action! There was a great half page article in Saturday's Yorkshire Post. We, at WGN are proud to be associate with you and Forward Ladies."

- Sponsor Colin Glass - Partner WGN

“We were really pleased to sponsor the tables. We would like to sponsor the tables again for the 2015 awards."

- Rachel Spencer Rob - LCF Law

“Many, many thanks for your wonderful event today. I met some very inspiring people and also won a raffle prize! Wonderful event!”

- Attendee - Sundy

"Wonderful and inspiring people. Really encouraged me to carry on with my plans and not to be afraid."

- Louise - Greyhound box - Advertiser

"By way of a follow up from the Awards on Friday – well done! Your speech was very motivational and the whole day was great. It is such a popular event and it is lovely seeing old friends and making new ones."

- Rachel Spencer Robb LCF Law - Sponsor

"Just to say thanks for the WiBA, we at WGN thoroughly enjoyed the day and so did our guests. Amanda Child"

- WGN - Sponsor

"Willis Ltd and our guests really enjoyed WIBA 2014 on Friday 28th November 2014, so much so that our Regional Director Liz Lister would like to know how we can get involved more."

- Lorna Feeney - Willis - Attendees