Chivalry, Chic and the Creme de la Creme of British Businesswomen Go Hand in Hand at the Women of the Year Luncheon & Awards

Edinburgh, United Kingdom (PressExposure) September 16, 2009 -- If you’re looking for inspiration from the UK’s leading businesswomen, wrapped up in high drama, with some exclusive shopping too, then a ticket to this year’s Women of the Year Luncheon & Awards is an absolute must.

The Gala Event, to be held at Birmingham’s NEC Hilton Metropole Hotel, on 2nd October 2009, will host the UK’s most successful women, coming together to celebrate outstanding achievements.

More than 800 influential women attended last year's Women of the Year Luncheon and Awards to see entrepreneur Hilary Devey, from TV's popular Secret Millionaire show, win the coveted 2008 Businesswoman award. The search is now on to find this year's outstanding high achiever.

Highlights of the event include: The coolest catwalk fashions, presented by Selfridges and Co in a model show exclusively choreographed for the event, and coinciding with the retailer’s centenary birthday celebrations.

Live high drama from the chivalrous Knights of Middle England who don their armour for an awesome display of jousting action.

A sparkling drinks reception and pre-lunch shopping at a Covent Garden style fair.

Fantastic speakers, including Hilary Devey, the 2008 award winner, and Preethi Nair, best-selling author, whose work is being dramatised by the BBC. Nair tells an amazing story about realising her dream against all the odds in setting up a publishing house and posing as her own publicist to promote her first novel, after a series of rejections. A winner of the Asian Women of Achievement Award she receives standing ovations and has shared a stage with Sir Bob Geldof and Kevin Spacey.

Tickets for the 27th annual Luncheon and Awards, in aid of Charity, Vitalise, and presented by ITV Central’s Arti Halai, are available now. To book, please visit http://www.womenoftheyear.org.uk Tickets are £55 each (of which £30 goes straight to Vitalise) or £660 for a table of 12.

Early booking is essential as annually the event is a sell out. As such, it raises funds for the disability charity, Vitalise, which has received hundreds of thousands of pounds in donations, thanks to the support of Women of the Year and its sponsors – who this year include Barclays, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Jaguar and SCC.

Judy Groves, Awards Chair, said:

“The Awards present a fantastic opportunity to celebrate success, and also to support Vitalise, an important charity, doing wonderful work in our communities. It’s a great event – inspirational women, shopping, lunch, live entertainment – and all for a good cause! I look forward to seeing you there!”

For further information contact

Caroline Sanger-Davies Tel 07854 835171 caroline@aero-media.co.uk

Judy Groves Tel 07976 014 100 / 0121 766 2594 judy.groves@sch-group,com

Louise Acton Tel 07595 355 938 louise.acton@btinternet.com

http://www.womenoftheyear.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

The Women of the Year Luncheon and Awards is designed to recognise and honour success, and aims to create role models for the future. Sponsors of and nominations from women running their own company or occupying senior positions within private or public sector organisations are invited – contact Judy Groves, Awards Chair, on email judy.groves@sch-group.com or telephone 07976 014 100 / 0121 766 2594 for an application form.

Tickets to the Event, including three course a la carte lunch, cost £55 and may be purchased individually or as tables of 10 – corporate bookings welcome. Email midlandswomen@vitalise.org.uk or telephone the events department at Vitalise on (020) 7017 3433 to book a seat now.

The 2009 sponsors of The Women of the Year Luncheon and Awards are Barclays, City Spirit, CBI, Jaguar, KPMG, SCC, Secantor and Selfridges and Co.

Vitalise is a national charity providing short breaks (respite care) and other services for disabled people, visually impaired people, and carers. http://www.vitalise.org.uk

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