WINNERS OF THE 2014
START YOUR BUSINESS AWARDS
Lifetime Achievement Award for Nottingham businesswoman
The 2014 Start Your Business Award winners were announced in London on December 3rd by publishers Gambit Interactive with the Lifetime Achievement Award for services to enterprise in the UK going to Nottingham businesswoman and founder of public relations consultancy Integra Communications, Louise Third. Louise was on a working trip to Uganda at the time of the ceremony and has recently returned to be told of the announcement.
The national awards’ luncheon took place at the Criterion in London, Piccadilly and was hosted by Start Your Business Editor, Marcus Green. Now in its tenth year, the awards celebrate the significant contributions made by service providers to small businesses in the UK during the year, and are decided by a panel of writers, readers and entrepreneurs. The winning companies and individuals are recognised for their customer-focussed attitude, innovative approaches to assisting smaller businesses and dedication to ensuring they remain the market leader in their respective fields.
The discretionary Lifetime Achievement Award is given to Louise Third for her contribution to small business support and promotion over 25 years. Louise was previously editor of the Business Adviser, the official journal for the Institute of Business Advisers, now part of the Chartered Institute of Management. She has worked on high profile publicity campaigns promoting enterprise in the UK and has dedicated much of her career to promoting female entrepreneurship.
Zia Mallick, founder of Start Your Business and CEO of Gambit Interactive Media said, “Louise remains an inspirational figure in the SME sector. She has always had an enterprise focus and therefore built an incredible understanding of how entrepreneurship should best be promoted in the UK.”
Start Your Business Magazine was established in 2004 with the support of the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies as the UK’s first dedicated small business monthly magazine. It is now available in over 37 countries worldwide and published in the Middle East, India and soon to launch in the US.
Reflecting on her award, Louise said: “. I very much appreciate the recognition this award brings, but there is still so much more I want to achieve. It is a real privilege to be able to use my skills in helping ambitious smaller companies, especially those set up by women. I’ve just returned from the remote Teso region of northern Uganda where women’s cooperatives are having an enormous impact on meagre family incomes and the local economy. We need to encourage many more female entrepreneurs in the UK to have the same energy and courage in business as these African women.”
Louise will feature in the December edition of Start Your Business magazine.