A prestigious women’s networking group awards ceremony returned to its roots to mark the birth of a new initiative which will see businesses unite with a common goal; to help, support and develop others.
The Network She International Women’s Day Awards 2014 was held on Friday 7th March at the Devere Village St David’s Hotel. The event not only recognised the success of business women throughout the country, but it was also the official launch of the new Network She Foundation Charity, aimed at getting businesses to pool together their skills and resources to help charities and to develop woman and young people from across the country and beyond.
Launching the new foundation, Network She founder Ruth Lloyd Williams said,
The Network She Awards have grown year on year as they embraced International Woman’s Day and developed platforms of recognition and reward. At the Network She Awards back in March 2013 I stood on the stage at Venue Cymru in front of over 300 people and was struck by the power in the room. It was a fantastic night, probably the best yet but somewhere in the back of my mind there was a little voice saying, It’s not enough. There is so much more to the Network She Awards than a great night out.
The importance and impact behind the new foundation was echoed by guest speaker and International business woman Kate Hardcastle, herself a winner of Network She’s Woman of Influence award at last year’s ceremony. Kate gave an inspirational presentation at the awards where the winners of 14 closely contended categories were announced at the ceremony.
The winner of the Network She Foundation Manager Of The Year Award went to Pauline Heap-Williams of Phoenix Hair and Make Up. Pauline said,
It was absolutely incredible to be recognised in these awards particularly in my category. The salon has been as much a passion as it’s been an inspiration to me.
The Awards raised over £2,000 in donations and the pledges from all those who attended the event are flooding in. Ruth Lloyd Williams said,
We are overwhelmed by the generosity of individuals and companies who have offered support, resources and solutions to be cascaded amongst those who need it most. It is stuff that money just can’t buy.