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Women in Business Awards celebrated at Welford Road

Welford Road welcomed businesswomen from across Leicestershire and the East Midlands region last night to celebrate the Leicester Mercury Women in Business Awards 2017.

As one of the region’s largest venues of its kind, Welford Road was transformed for the evening as ITV’s Emma Jesson hosted the annual event.

Guests enjoyed entertainment and a three-course meal before the winners in each category were announced.

Mehmooda Duke, founder and a senior partner of Moosa-Duke Solicitors, who specialises in medical clinical negligence was acclaimed Business Woman of the Year, while Julie Deane was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Julie started her business, Cambridge Satchel Company, with just £600 in her pocket and her kitchen table to work from and the company now produces around more than 11,000 bags a month.

Emma Jesson at the Women In Business Awards

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and nominees:.

Entrepreneur of the Year: Elizabeth Robson, Rothley Wine Estate

Business Innovation Award: Ali Hackett, Meet & Engage

Contribution to the Community Award: Rama Bhalla and Sujata Sabharwall, Giving World Online

Rising Star Award: Nicol Nightingale, Fothergill Wyatt

Apprentice of the Year: Elona Jetullahu, Soft Touch Arts

Small Business of the Year: Rosie Harrison, Rosie Made a Thing

Inspirational Woman of the Year: Joanna Sutton

Woman in the Public Sector: Vicki Noble, Leicestershire mental health triage car

Business Woman of the Year: Mehmooda Duke, Moosa-Duke Solicitors

Sole Trader Award: Sarah Humphreys, Inspired Brides Wedding Fairs

New Business Award: Dawn Louise Holt, Haven Luxury Cat Hotel

Lifetime Achievement Award: Julie Deane, Cambridge Satchel Company

For more information about the events and functions hosted at Welford Road, contact our events team by phoning 0116 217 1280 or visit the link below