Yet another of our clients is up for an award.
One of our longest standing clients, a young Norfolk business owner, Kate from Active Marketing & Design, a graphic design and marketing consultant in Norwich, is flying high after reaching the finals of the East of England Businesswoman awards. Active Marketing & Design Director Kate Elliott (29) beat competitors from six counties to reach the final three of the Young Businesswoman of the Year category in the Lloyds TSB-sponsored awards, which are organised by the Institute of Directors.
“I’m amazed to have been shortlisted against brilliant businesswomen from across the region,” exclaimed Kate, “The entry process was quite rigorous with a 2000 word essay and then an intense interview with a panel of five judges that included Karen Hester, Operations Director of Adnams and a previous winner of the award.”
The judges were impressed with Kate’s drive and enthusiasm to establish the business she conceived just over 3 years ago with work colleague Claire McDermid.
These two enterprising women have built up a client base from scratch, remortgaging their homes to raise start-up capital. Their client list includes public sector bodies such as Broadland District Council, the UEA and independent local businesses like the Norwich Lighting Centre.
A keen networker herself, Kate has also given her time freely to start four local business networks. One of these is Norfolk Netwalking, which was started jointly with ourselves (thebestofnorwich) and Moco Developments.
Kate is also a regular volunteer with the Riding for the Disabled, and has completed pro bono PR projects for the Buckenham House Group based at Middle Harling.
Steve Elsom, from lead sponsor Lloyds TSB Commercial, said: "We have been impressed by the high quality of the entrants this year. Their drive and talent is a real credit to them and it says great things about the business being delivered here in the East of England.”
Well done Kate - we're wishing you all the best for the final in February.
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