Downtown in Business Liverpool hosted the seventh annual Women in Business gala lunch at Liverpool City Centre Crowne Plaza hotel on Friday 8th March to coincide with International Women’s Day.

Hosted by BBC duo Jacey Normand and Jim Hancock, the Oscars themed awards celebrated the female entrepreneurs, business owners and decision makers who have made a significant contribution to the economic growth of the Liverpool City Region.

After sitting down to a sumptuous meal courtesy of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the 300+ gathered guests heard from British Athlete and eleven-time UK Champion Goldie Sayers.

Among the winners on the evening were Nisha Katona; Owner, Mowgli Street Food, Emma Blackmore; Client Account Director, Gas Tag and Sue Grindrod; Chief Executive, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool.

Downtown chief executive and group chairman, Frank McKenna, commented;

“Downtown has been hosting this event for seven years now, and every year we are thrilled at the response to these awards.

Year upon year, the number and quality of nominees gets better and better, which goes to show the fantastic array of female entrepreneurs and business leaders that we have in the city.

Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees for showcasing the amazing wealth of female talent we have in Liverpool. In particular, Nisha Katona MBE, who has taken Mowgli from a humble home on Bold street into one of the fastest growing brands in the country. This is something as a city we can all be proud of and as demonstrated by the talent in the room today, a story that may well be repeated.

I would like to thank our headline sponsor, Restaurant Bar & Grill, for hosting a fantastic after show party, and Lexus Liverpool for being our headline sponsor and drinks reception sponsor respectively. Finally, a big thank you to Stephen Roberts and his team at the Crowne Plaza for hosting us once again.

The full list of winners:

Best New Start Up 2019 // Justine McLaughlin, Revolution 4.0
Legal Professional of the Year 2019 // Beth Howard, Glenville Walker & Partners
Finance Professional of the Year 2019 // Tricia Campbell, Elliot Fletcher
Recruiter of the Year 2019 // Julie O’Leary, Adele Carr Financial Recruitment
Business Development Personality of the Year 2019 // Anne King, Steven A Hunt & Associates
Hospitality Personality of the Year 2019 // Charlotte Winby, Hope St Hotel
Digital & Tech Personality of the Year 2019 // Kate Reilly James, The Guide Liverpool
Best Marketer of the Year 2019 // Donna Howitt, Liverpool ONE
Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 // Kate Stewart, The Sandon
Community Impact Award 2019 // Zoe Wallace, Agent Academy
Decade of Excellence 2019 // Gillian Kearney, Actress
Female Leader of the Year 2019 // Sue Grindrod, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
Outstanding Leadership & Management of the Year 2019 // Julia Bradley, Peel Land and Property Limited
Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 // Cathy Frost, Panoramic 34
Chairman’s Award 2019 // Emma Blackmore, Gas Tag
Chief Executive’s Award 2019 // Nisha Katona, Mowgli

Ambassador Awards 2019 //
Carolyn Hughes, Carolyn Hughes PR
Elaine Bowker, City of Liverpool College
Hilene Henry, Wilson Henry