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Downtown celebrates female business leaders at Women in Business Awards 2018

Over 350 guests celebrated the achievements of female entrepreneurs and business leaders from across the Liverpool city region at the sixth annual Women in Business Awards.

The gala dinner which took place at Liverpool’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on Friday 9th March handed out 15 awards in total.

The big winner on the evening was Emma Carey from MSB Solicitors who won the chief executive award.

Emma has headed up MSB’s family department and was made a partner of the firm in June 2005. Under Emma’s extraordinary leadership the MSB’s Family Law team have won a number of local, regional and national awards and accreditations. On March 1st 2018 Emma was appointed Managing Partner of MSB Solicitors.

To help celebrate ‘National Apprenticeship Week’ Downtown awarded the Female Apprentice of the Year to Rebecca Slater.

Rebecca is an incredibly worthy winner of this award. She demonstrates a huge amount of determination and grit to her role at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital. Rebecca has been recognised for her ability to achieve a high started as an individual and as part of a team. Rebecca has been described as a huge credit to her college, her employer and herself.

Downtown chief executive, Frank McKenna commented on the awards: “Every year these awards get better and better. The atmosphere in the room was fantastic and as always these awards demonstrate the huge amount of female talent this city has to offer.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to the Crowne Plaza and Revolución de Cuba for their hospitality on the day and evening, and our Style Partner Signature Bespoke.”

A full list of winners can be found below.

Guilty Pleasures Award 2018

Best New Start Up 2018
Kate Finley // Kate’s Doggy Boutique

Environmental & Sustainability Award 2018
Helen Lord // Used Kitchen Exchange

Legal Professional of the Year 2018
Claire Currie // Kirwans Solicitors

Financial Services Professional of the Year 2018
Ailsa Griffin // KPMG UK

Marketer of the Year 2018
Pamela Carroll // ACC Liverpool

Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2018
Katie Range // KC Marketing Range

Community Impact Award 2018
Sue Gregory // Everton in the Community

Female Leader of the Year 2018
Lindsay Inglesby // Rare Dance Studio

Outstanding Leadership & Management Award 2018
Lynsey Martin // Liverpool Hope University

Business of the Year 2018
Epica Health & Safety

Entrepreneur of the Year 2018
Andrea Edwards // The Interesting Eating Company

A Decade of Excellence 2018
Sue Crimes // Gusto

Female Apprentice of the Year 2018
Rebecca Slater

Chief Executive’s Award 2018
Emma Carey // MSB Solicitors

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