Edinburgh, United Kingdom (PressExposure) June 23, 2009 -- Open to any successful businesswoman in the UK, the Woman of the Year Awards ceremony (http://www.womenoftheyear.org.uk) is widely regarded as one of the best kept secrets outside of London. A high profile event attended by some of the countryâs most successful businesswomen, the 2009 awards is set to see hundreds of the most influential women in British commerce descend upon Birminghamâs NEC Hilton Metropole Hotel in early October to discover who will win the coveted prize.
âDespite some of the most challenging trading conditions this country has ever seen, the UKâs businesswomen continue to blaze a wide trail through markets around the globe. There are some amazing and inspirational success stories out there, and the competition is expected to be hotter than ever this year,â said Awards Chair Judy Groves.
In addition to unveiling the 2009 Businesswoman of the Year, former ITV Central presenter and entrepreneur Arti Halai will also announce the winner of this yearâs Woman of Achievement Award at a star studded luncheon ([http://www.second2clients.com/clientEmails/scc/scc158]) featuring some of Britainâs most high profile entrepreneurs.
Over the last 27 years, the event has recognised the achievements of some of the UKâs most high profile business women including Karren Brady, Hilary Devey and Vikki Heywood to name a few. The 2009 Annual Lunch and Ceremony is set to impress, with organisers presenting a line up of dramatic live entertainment and catwalk fashion to a guest list of over 800 influential women.
Last yearâs winner, Hilary Devey, founder of international haulage firm Pall-ex and star of Channel 4âs Secret Millionaire, will join publishing sensation Preethi Nair as keynote speakers. Nair tells an amazing story about realising her dream against all odds to become one of the most talked about new authors of 2008/2009.
With a fashion show from Selfridges & Co and entertainment from the chivalrous Knights of Middle England, the 2009 event looks set to maintain its 100% record of attracting the best guests, whilst also remaining the best kept secret outside of London. As with previous years, the event looks to be a sell out, helping to raise invaluable funds for the disability charity, Vitalise.
Nominations are now open for the 2009 âBusiness Woman of the Yearâ, and anyone interested should visit http://www.womenoftheyear.org.uk to register their interest.
âI have every confidence that we will once again pack the event with the most talented, inspiring and fabulous women from every walk of life. We will celebrate success and I encourage anyone one who would like to nominate a potential candidate for the Awards; or attend this incredible annual occasion, to register their interest at http://www.womenoftheyear.org.uk,â said Groves.