Coventry winners among those celebrated for business success  - The Coventry Observer

Coventry winners among those celebrated for business success 

Holly Clement 28th Jun, 2024   0

COVENTRY local winners were among those who were celebrated for business success.

Inspirational achievers from Coventry and Warwickshire were among those celebrated at the sixth Ladies First Professional Development Network Business Awards.

The event took place at the Dallas Burston Polo Club in Southam, where 400 attendees gathered for the glittering ceremony on Thursday, June 13, hosted by Kirsty Leahy, Karen Jones, and ‘Roberto’.

The evening featured entertainment from Birmingham’s Elmhurst Ballet School and Coventry singer Ruth Kelly.

Among the notable Warwickshire winners were BBC radio presenter Trish Adudu, Rugby’s Louise Adkins, and Leamington’s Jackie Allan. Stratford’s Sally Bee received a special Woman of Courage Award.

Trish, from Coventry, has enjoyed a career in TV and radio spanning more than 30 years, including as an original member of ITV’s Loose Women panel between 1999-2002. She is currently well known for presenting the Weekday Afternoon programme on BBC local radio.




She said: “I am overjoyed and overwhelmed to receive this honour. I have watched Ladies First and their incredible rise in the community consciousness and been in

awe of the stories that have been represented. With all those fantastic stories I’m proud to know that Tracey and her team have picked my story as one to honour.”


Coventry winners included Amanda Bourne of Tree-v Limited (Sustainable Business Leader); Ann and Andy Hawkins of Franklin & Hawkins Funeral Directors (Family Business of the Year); Becky Patel of Tech She Can (Excellence In Technology & Innovation); and Lily Cook of LPC Sports Therapy & Yoga (Wellness Coach of the Year).

Amanda Bourne highlighted the sustainability efforts at Tree-v, with over six million miles of vehicle emissions carbon balanced. Meanwhile, Safeena Mohammed and Amanda Burford were named Volunteers of the Year for their respective contributions to community and youth support.

Tessa Rhodes, who runs Phoenix Business Club in Nuneaton, said: “Through my networking group I am able to offer a safe environment for females to network whilst watching them grow in confidence and blossom.

“I am privileged to be able to share my own experiences with my network and offer the support they need to allow them to flourish.

“This award confirms to me that my hard work and dedication to this cause is so worthwhile and I am honoured to receive it.”

Richard Gunton of Richard George Tailoring won Business Man of the Year, and business partners Robert Singleton and Gavin Leach of Windmill Hill Brewing Company and Tavola were recognised as Business Resilience Men of the Year.

The awards introduced new categories, including Sustainable Business Leader and Inclusivity Leadership.

A special Inspirational Women Award was given to The England Women’s football team, The Lionesses.

This year also saw the introduction of the Young Futures First Awards, with Angus Baskerville from Stratford winning for his work as a magician and advocate for autism and mental health.

The event, which included an auction and raffle, raised £8,000 for The Giles Trust Brain Tumour Fund.

Ladies First directors Tracey McAtamney and Karen Tracey expressed pride in the event’s success and gratitude towards sponsors and attendees.

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