At the end of my first year in business, I was sent notification of the National Book Keeping awards. I recall much internal questioning such as "Had I been in business long enough to prove anything?" "Was what we were doing really anything special?" "Was I being over optimistic?" These were National Awards. But not one to avoid a challenge, I set to one evening, completed the long application form and dutifully provided details of people willing to give me a reference.
Two months later I was at the Nat West head office on Thread Needle Street, nervous, but proud to be being interviewed and 6 weeks later hubby and I were at the Barbican with me shortlisted! I came runner up........
to the Army!
Now, all these years later, I have been asked to judge the forthcoming Barclays North West Women's business awards and again I am very proud. This time I am encouraging all of you ladies who have not yet applied for a business award to 'give it a go' and for several reasons. Firstly, it makes you stop and analyse your business/career. Secondly, it gives you an opportunity to get some first hand feedback from clients and colleagues. Thirdly, it's a great promotional exercise, giving you content for marketing and PR, especially if you are shortlisted. It's a great experience, apply here http://events.barclays.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=239310&
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