Annual awards honours the best of Liverpool city region’s female entrepreneurs

Organised by Downtown Liverpool in Business and held at the city centre Crowne Plaza Hotel, the fifth annual Women in Business Awards welcomed more than 350 guests who saw 17 accolades handed out

All the winners at fifth annual Women in Business Awards at the Crowne Plaza in Liverpool

Liverpool city region’s most dynamic female entrepreneurs had their achievements recognised at the fifth annual Women in Business Awards.

Organised by Downtown Liverpool in Business and held at the city centre Crowne Plaza Hotel, the event welcomed more than 350 guests who saw 17 accolades handed out.

Downtown boss Frank McKenna said: “There’s no fluffiness, no sentimentality and definitely no Kleenex required.

“Rather, the awards shine a spotlight on the many women who are leading the way in business, enterprise and innovation and having a demonstrable impact on the local economy.”

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Big winners on the day included Mowgli boss Nisha Katona, Plus Dane’s Barbara Spicer, and executive director of Tate Liverpool, Andrea Nixon.

Restaurant entrepreneur and budding TV chef, Nisha Katona was awarded Female Leader in the Commercial District after launching Mowgli Water Street late last year.

Barbara returned to the housing sector in 2015 taking up the role of chief executive at Plus Dane during a particularly challenging period – both for the organisation and the social housing sector.

It is the third restaurant in Katona’s portfolio, after launching on Bold Street in 2014 and taking the brand to Manchester in 2015.

Andrea Nixon, executive director at Tate Liverpool was awarded for a Decade of Excellence.

Nisha Katona, founder of Mowgli, won the Female Leader in the Commercial District award

Long-term friend of Downtown and familiar face on Liverpool’s social scene Carolyn Hughes won Business Personality of the Year; and Emma Carey, family partner at MSB Solicitors was awarded Professional of the Year.

The coveted chief executives award went to Pauline McNamara of PMC Family Law.

Downtown chief executive, Frank McKenna added: “The calibre of nominations for this year’s awards was simply outstanding – the judges had a painstaking task of separating winners, but it has been a job well done.”

The full list of winners:

Female Leader of the Year 

Barbara Spicer, Plus Dane

Best Newcomer of the Year

Beth Hyland, Beth Hyland Designs

Best Employer of the Year

Morecrofts

Best Marketer of the Year

Chelsea Hankin – CPL Training

Best Recruiter of the Year

Helen Cornah, Recruit Right Ltd

Financial Services of the Year

Trish Campbell, Elliot Fletcher

Professional of the Year

Emma Carey, MSB Solicitors

Female Innovator of the Year

Sara Lawton, CI Framework

Business Personality of the Year

Carolyn Hughes, CHPR

Female Business Enabler of the Year

Christine Walters, Spark Impact

Excellence in Charity Award

Clare White, Alder Hey

Business Development Manager of the Year

Dayle O’Hara, Fazenda

Digital & Creative Award of the Year

Jeannette Gill, Agent Marketing

Decade of Excellence in Business

Andrea Nixon, Tate Liverpool

Female Leader in the Commercial District

Nisha Katona, Mowgli

Commitment to Excellence in Innovation

Christy Mitchinson, Liverpool Bio-Innovation Hub Manager 

Chief Executive’s Award

Pauline McNamara, PMC Family Law

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