Welcome to the Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen Women in Business Awards 2015

The search is on for Gloucestershire’s female entrepreneurs whose skills and determination are helping to drive the county’s economy.

The Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen’s sixth Women in Business Awards will turn the spotlight on the women who are championing the county’s business scene.

It will all culminate in a glittering awards evening when all the winners will be announced.

This year there are ten categories including Business Woman of the Year; Female Apprentice; Young Entrepreneur; Mentor of the Year; Contribution to the Community; Family Business; Communicator of the Year; New Business; Business of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award.

Once again Grundon Waste Management are the title sponsors. HRML, the Gloucestershire based HR and employment law specialists are sponsoring the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Grundon is the largest, privately owned waste management business in the country and a major employer across the southern counties.

And although it is not an industry that immediately springs to mind when it comes to employment opportunities for women in fact the opposite is true.

Grundon is actively encouraging women to join the business and to succeed across a wide range of the company’s activities.

Sarah Pullen, managing director of Gloucestershire Media, publisher of the Echo and Citizen, said: “This will be the sixth year we have run the Women in Business Awards and I think it has become an important showcase for this county’s female entrepreneurs.

“Once again we are expecting some outstanding entries and I would strongly urge women from the business community to enter.

“Businesswomen bring a unique quality to the boardroom and the workplace and through these awards we want to give them the recognition they deserve.”