Our Sponsors


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"Nottingham Trent University is, once again, very proud to be headline sponsor of the Nottingham Post’s Women in Business Awards. This role reflects our recognition of the vital part that women play in creating a dynamic and successful economy in Nottingham and beyond. We work with businesses of all sizes, from providing student and graduate talent, to delivering skills workshops. This has put us in the privileged position of working with some hard-working and inspirational women and helping them to grow their businesses. We are very happy that we can partner with the Nottingham Post to celebrate the outstanding achievements of female entrepreneurs and professionals across Nottinghamshire and especially pleased to sponsor the Lifetime Achievement Award where we can show our appreciation for a truly exceptional businesswoman".

DR. Julie Holland - Head of Executive Education & Corporate Relations, Nottingham Business School

female executive of the year

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"At E.ON we believe that the diversity of our people is one of our biggest strengths. We face a variety of challenges daily and we know that it’s only by tapping into different ideas and perspectives that we’ll be able to overcome those challenges. In particular we’ve been really committed to increasing our gender balance in our executive roles and have one of the best female board representations of any energy company. But we don’t stop there and we’ve set ourselves very stretching targets to reach over the next ten years. It’s important to us that our people are representative of our customers. 

With this in mind we’ve seen our future female talent growing and we were very proud that one of our trailblazing female apprentices recently won the Power Apprentice of the Year Award. We have celebrated International Women’s day for the last ten years with high profile campaigns and we’ve supported female centered leadership development programs to name just a few initiatives.

We’re committed to creating a supportive, inclusive culture in which all people can achieve and exceed their potential, to create a better future for our customers".

dave newborough - HR Director

rising star

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“In our business, we’ve had phenomenal women who have been our inspiration from the very start, particularly Florence Boot, wife of Jesse, who was an astute business woman, creative in her ideas and extremely ambitious for the business. She travelled the world bringing new ideas for services and products and became our first female director in 1917 – a move for women in leadership which was practically unheard of at the time. 

“As one of the biggest employers of women in Nottingham today, we hope to continue this important work to celebrate and empower women in the workplace. We want to champion women and all rising stars in business, and hope that any young woman who is just starting out in her career feels inspired that there are no barriers to her ambition.

“This is something that I feel very passionate about as the first female Managing Director for Boots, and I know that there will be an exciting future ahead for all of the women celebrated in these awards.”

Elizabeth Fagan, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Boots

new business of the year

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"A key element of Eversheds Sutherland’s people strategy is to foster an inclusive environment where all are able to flourish, regardless of background, age, race or gender. Named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017, supporting gender diversity is a key part of our commitment to our overall diversity agenda. 

In keeping with our commitment to continually improve the delivery of our legal services for the benefit of the local East Midlands Market, we are extremely proud to support this year’s Women in Business awards and in particular the category of “New Business of the Year”.
Eversheds Sutherland has a great history of innovation in legal service delivery around the globe. Supporting new local businesses that are aligned to our own values in this way is a wonderful opportunity for which we are grateful to participate. Our involvement in this year’s awards category is an exciting step towards supporting all local businesses.”

Nicola Bennison, Partner

entrepreneur of the year

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"At PwC UK, we have been proactively working on our diversity and inclusion agenda, evolving our strategy through continuous learning along the way. 

At PwC, we need to make sure that we can bring the best talent to our clients, regardless of characteristics such as race, gender or social background. One of our specific aims is to champion women in the workplace, encouraging them to take up senior leadership positions through initiatives including our 'Aspire to Lead' series - providing practical hints and tips to inspire the next generation of leaders while equipping them with information and skills to help them navigate the transition from campus to career, 'Breakthrough' - a programme to support our high potential female senior managers and directors to progress to partner and our 'Back to Business' programme, a return to work programme for senior professional women who've been out of the workplace for more than two years. 

I work alongside some phenomenal female leaders everyday, and as a partner at PwC I am proud to help inspire and coach others on their career journey. It's a pleasure to be part of this celebration of the success of some incredibly talented individuals and we are delighted to sponsor these awards".

Alison Breadon, Partner, Government and Public Sector

women in construction

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"At Nottingham College we pride ourselves on working with organisations that place equality, diversity and inclusion at the forefront of their recruitment and working practices. More and more employers are realising that they need to not only encourage applicants where they have traditionally lacked representation such as females in construction, but to also ensure that their whole business culture embraces the value of a diverse workforce."

 James Whybrow, Vice Principal Partnerships, Apprenticeships and Enterprise

inspirational woman of the year

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"Frank Key have chosen to support inspirational women in the workplace as we believe their contribution as both ambassadors and as role models to all generations of women in business is invaluable. 

‘We’d like to play a part in cutting through conceptions of gender bias sectors, promote diversity and empower women to be brave and believe there are no barriers to ambition in their industries. We would encourage all aspiring women to have great confidence in themselves, be prepared to stand up for what they believe in and always bring their own authentic style to the workplace.
At Frank Key, we want women to achieve what they want to achieve, whether that’s a leadership role, part-time role or just balancing work with other responsibilities and interests!" 

Justine Fawzi, Head of Human Resources for Frank Key Group Ltd.

"For over a hundred years, Frank Key have been renowned for supplying market-leading building, plumbing and timber materials. Built on family values, we have grown to now stock interiors, landscaping, civils and drainage products, as well as providing high quality plant and tool hire equipment. Diversification across our product ranges and business practices has meant we have stayed competitive and enable to adapt to differing market conditions. People are key to our business, many of our staff and customers are longstanding with many years’ experience of working in the construction industry and enjoy working alongside a company built on family values, the essence of Frank Key for over one hundred years". 

Robert Sansom, Chairman Frank Key Group Ltd.

Justine Fawzi, Head of Human Resources for Frank Key Group Ltd, Robert Sansom, Chairman Frank Key Group Ltd

SMALL BUSINESS of the year

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“NOW: Pensions is delighted to sponsor the Small Business of the Year award. Since our launch in 2011, we have gone on to become the UK’s third largest auto enrolment workplace pension provider. We opened our Nottingham office in 2015 and have been impressed with the high calibre of staff in the City. We now employ 100 people in Nottingham and are keen to continue to be a key contributor to the local business community.

“Financial Services remains a male dominated industry but at NOW: Pensions, everything we do supports our Smarter, Simpler, Better ethos and diversity is a key pillar of this. We value diversity and want to create a working environment where everybody has equal opportunity to grow and develop.
“We are proud to be able to say we champion diversity and aim for equal gender representation across all our teams. This includes our Board and senior leadership roles, where we have high numbers of women within our Trustee, Executive and Management functions.”