WHO will be your Merseyside Women of the Year?
The Liverpool Post is today launching its search for women who deserve recognition for their achievements in a wide range of activities from business, commerce and learning to charity work and entertainment.
We are looking for the region’s unsung heroines making major differences to people’s lives, or doing works and deeds beyond the call of everyday life.
The awards, now in their 11th year, have become firmly established in the
region’s social calendar.
And as well as paying tribute to today’s outstanding women they are also being used to support tomorrow’s with a bursary scheme established to help LJMU students.
“Winning the Merseyside Woman of the Year award has undoubtedly raised the profile of Claire House,” said Mandy Molby who, together with Jane Kirkham formed last year's winners Wirral Witches to help raise funds for charity.
“We have been able to use these prestigious awards as platform to raise awareness of this wonderful charity”.
The Post is now inviting its readers to nominate their own Women of the Year. Nominations can be submitted via the website, www.womeninbusiness.co.uk by the closing date, Thursday April 11 2013.
Nominations can also be received by post to Women of the Year 2013, c/o Susan Lee, Head of Content Advance, Liverpool Post, Old Hall Street, Liverpool L69 3EB. Nominations should say in no more than 500 words why the nominator has chosen that person and include the category into which they are entered.
After a rigorous selection process a panel of judges will choose the finalists who will then be showcased in the paper, after which readers can vote for their overall Woman of the Year, via The Post website.
This year’s awards ceremony, at which all our finalists will be celebrated, will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool Waterfront, on Friday June 28 2013, from 11.45am.
Organisers Jean Gadsby, Ellie Kerr and Elaine Owen say they are determined that the awards should not be seen simply as a charity event.
“We wanted an enduring legacy for the future and to that effect have formed a partnership with Liverpool John Moore’s University to provide bursary funding for students to complete their final degree year.
“We hope that once again, this opportunity will ensure that the awards can support women all year round, not for just one afternoon.”
The four students who received bursary awards last year will be invited to the event this year and will enjoy the afternoon as the guests of Women In Business (NW).
“The actual awards afternoon is truly one of the most inspirational, uplifting and thought provoking events in the Merseyside calendar; it epitomises the “fabulousness” of women,” explained Jean.
“It is a wonderful opportunity to shout from the roof tops just how amazing these women of influence really are on a special day that celebrates women as the ribbons of life that bind everything together.
“This is truly an award voted for by public nomination.”
Liverpool Post editor Mark Thomas said: “We are absolutely delighted to be continuing our association with the Women of the Year awards.
“The stories which emerge year after year are always an absolute inspiration and we’d like to encourage anyone who knows of a woman who deserves recognition to put them forward.”
Sponsors already confirmed for this year’s event are :
Kingston Shaw Interior Design, Cheviot Asset Management, The House Beauty Spa,
O2, Liverpool John Moores University, Ph. Creative, Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, Liverpool Women’s Hospital, LA Productions, One Park West, Crowne Plaza, Dutch Flower Shop, 60 Hope Street, Designated Associates, Ellie Kerr, Gadsbys Accountants, Community Foundation Merseyside, Crystal Clear, David M. Robinson, Williams and Coburn Hair, Liverpool Post.