Deadline for Ladies First Professional Development Awards looming - The Solihull Observer

Deadline for Ladies First Professional Development Awards looming

Solihull Editorial 16th Dec, 2022   0

THERE are just a few weeks left for people in the West Midlands to enter awards dedicated to recognising inspirational women across the UK.

The fifth Ladies First Professional Development Awards, organised by Tracey McAtamney from Balsall Common, will celebrate success stories while also raising funds and awareness for two charities, The Memory Box Foundation and Coventry Foodbank.

New categories including Outstanding Woman In Sport, Outstanding Woman In Creative Arts and The Sandra Godley Music Award have been added to the 2023 awards list.

Sandra Godley said: “Music, sport and creativity are all extensions of wellbeing and mental health and we’re reflecting that through these award categories.




“Our communities need more role models, especially for young people. The more people can see others ‘like them‘ receiving awards, the better our communities will be envisioned.

“I’m also encouraged to see many passionate women stepping out and nominating themselves. This is so good. There is just so much talent out there to celebrate. I’m incredibly proud to be raising a diverse platform for people to shine.”


The awards also honour, among others, New Business of the Year, Excellence In STEM, Unique Business, Family Business of the Year and Woman of Courage and see the return of the popular men’s category, Man of the Year.

Sandra Godley is also the other half of the Ladies First leadership team, alongside Tracey McAtamney.

Tracey was this year named a Jubilee Awards’ Platinum Champion for her work with her charity Surviving Bereavement.

Her Memory Box Foundation, being launched in January, provides free Memory Boxes for children and young adults coping with bereavement and supports pop-up Bereavement Cafes in Coventry, Kenilworth, Warwick, Balsall Common, Leamington Spa, Solihull and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Finalists will be invited to an independent judging day at Metropolis in Coventry in January before the glittering awards night at Coombe Abbey Hotel on March 23.

The event, which is being sponsored by Janine Edwards Wealth Management of Balsall Common, Pertemps and Alsters Kelley, will also be raising money for The Memory Box Foundation and Coventry Foodbank.

Closing date for entries is January 6.

For more or to nominate click here.

For more about sponsorship opportunities contact Tracey McAtamney on [email protected].

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