Enterprising Women get the right to vote!


Enterprising Women are getting ready to cast their votes and celebrate the best of the region’s business women in their 2008 business awards.

The East of England has thousands of women who run their own business – over 4000 of them are members of the Enterprising Women business community. Join Enterprising Women members in casting your vote for the winners across 10 categories.

Your votes will be compared with the final verdict of the judges who include Bev Hurley CEO YTKO, Jenny Chapman Business Editor Cambridge Evening News, Paul Henry of Business Link East, John Riley CEO Menta, and Paul Hill Business Editor Eastern Daily Press.

The winners, together with the overall Enterprising Woman of the year, will be announced on 21st November after the annual Enterprising Women conference being held at Abington Hall sponsored by Business Link East and Venture Navigator, and supported by EEDA.

The day will be focused on business growth with great speakers, like serial entrepreneur, Karen Darby from SimplySwitch, and a choice of eight interactive workshops. The packed day will end on a high with a champagne reception celebrating the achievements of the winners. Two Cambridgeshire-based entrepreneurs are among the contenders hoping to win an accolade from their peers as well as from a cast of judges.

Joanne Fuller-Gray, finalist in the Sun’s 2007 Graftas Award, is seeking a “Green Award” for her business, which refurbishes up to 6 tons of used carpet tiles every week. This prevents them from going into land fill, making them reusable for another piece of flooring. The business was started from a single garage at home and is now on target to recycle over 250 tons of carpet tiles in 2008.

From a business on the floor to a real “High-flyer” – Jan Cavelle’s personal life fell apart, leaving her with two young children to care for and no job. From simple mailers and the Yellow Pages, she has since built a £2m turnover business which employs over 40 people making high quality furniture for interior designers. All this came from one shelf, one telephone and a determined woman.

Find out who’s won and join the celebrations at the Enterprising Women conference on 21st November at Abington Hall – www.enterprising-women.org/conference or call 0800 0121 365 for more information.

Enterprising Women:

www.enterprising-women.org is a dynamic community of over 4000 women starting or growing businesses across England. Enterprising Women actively supports women through start up and growth training, peer business support, networking events and an online community allowing women to promote their business, share ideas through a forum and receive regularly enews bulletins.

Contact Kate Naylor on 01223 421475 for more information, info@enterprising-women.org

Business Women in article:

· Joanne Fuller-Gray

· Jan Cavelle

Judges’ details:

Bev Hurley CEO YTKO, www.ytko.com

Jenny Chapman Business Editor Cambridge Evening News, http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk

Paul Henry of Business Link East, http://www.businesslink.gov.uk

John Riley CEO Menta, http://www.menta.org.uk

Paul Hill Business Editor Eastern Daily Press, http://www.edp24.co.uk


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