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De Poel MD named in Women In Business Awards shortlist

From start-ups to multi-million pound businesses, the 2015 Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards, sponsored by HSBC, celebrates influential female entrepreneurs nationally and promises to be one of the most closely run finals in its six-year history.

Forward Ladies managing director Griselda Togobo comments, “The calibre of entries has been increasing year on year, but this year we have a number of outstanding entries, which have attracted women from all ages, all professions and all walks of life. The judges have seriously had their work cut out for them this year”.

This year’s judging panel was made up of leading business personalities and entrepreneurs, including Karen Boswell, the managing director of Hitachi Rail Europe. Boswell says, “The standard of entries for this year’s Women in Business Awards was outstanding, which made selecting the shortlist extremely difficult. This is a testament to the high quality of our female business leaders across the regions who are helping the region’s economy grow. 

“We look forward to bringing the best of these together for the regional awards ceremony where we will announce our winners.”

Henson, who is a thought leader in unconscious bias, helps to drive forward CEO and de Poel Community founder Matthew Sanders’ vision to champion employment opportunities for all. Sharing Matthew’s passion for helping people with barriers to work to find sustainable employment, Henson has supported over 3,000 people in the last two years. Providing a vital link in the employment chain, de Poel Community has national partnerships set up with Welfare to Work providers and referral partners, to source candidates who are of working age and require help and support to find and stay in work.

Regional winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by ITV News presenter Charlene White on 23rd October in Manchester. Winners from the North West & IOM region will meet the judges live on 4th November and the national winners will be announced at a glittering awards luncheon final on 20th November in Leeds at the Queens Hotel. 

To see the 2015 Women In Business Awards shortlist in full, please visit


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