August 7 deadline for inaugural Women in Business Awards

The countdown is on to get your entry in for the inaugural Women in Business Awards 2013 for the Thames Valley and Solent, as there are less than two weeks to go before the extended closing date of Wednesday August 7.

At a special event at Oakley Hall, near Basingstoke, on Tuesday (July 23) Lyndsey Simpson, co-owner of leading HR services company The Curve Group, urged as many people as possible to enter.

Sharing her experiences as an entrepreneur Simpson said: “I genuinely believe there has never been a better time to be a woman in business. Social movement is driving us to achieve more than ever before, while the corporate world is seeing commercial value in having mixed and diverse teams and wants to do something about it.”

She called on women to leave aside fear of failure and put themselves forward for projects; to identify niche sectors where females are under-represented in order to boost career opportunities; and to show more flexibility when approaching new roles.

The awards, which are open to all women working in companies across both the Thames Valley and Solent regions, are being organised by The Business Magazine, in association with Barclays, Blake Lapthorn and Deloitte.

At the event, David Murray, awards chairman, said the awards provided an opportunity to recognise all high achievers across the south and celebrate those outstanding women who either run their own businesses or are role models for other women.

There are three separate award categories:

    · Women in Businesses under £10m turnover

    · Women in Businesses over £10m turnover

    · Women Professionals (for women working in one of the professions: eg, law, accountancy, banking, architecture, etc)

Full details and nomination forms are available on


The winners will be announced on September 12 at Oakley Hall, near Basingstoke at a special awards ceremony.

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