Birmingham winners among those celebrating business success

Ladies First Professional Development Awards 2024
A night of celebrations. Photos by Everybody Smile Photography.

Four hundred people assembled at Dallas Burston Polo Club, in Southam for the glittering ceremony on Thursday (June 13th), hosted by Kirsty Leahy, Karen Jones and ‘Roberto.’

The evening’s entertainment also included performances by Birmingham’s Elmhurst Ballet School and singer Ruth Kelly, from Coventry.

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The first Young Future First winners receive their awards from Arti Halai and Dave Sharpe – Aaron O’Brien, Angus Baskerville, Fatima Mohammed, Courtnee Gallagher and Leah Atkins

Local winners included BBC radio presenter Trish Adudu who was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Media, as well as four of the five winners in a brand new Young Futures First category, honouring inspirational young people between the ages of 16 and 30. These are Aaron O’Brien, Wolverhampton and Courtnee Gallagher, Leah Atkins and Fatima Mohammed, Birmingham Metropolitan College.

Trish Adudu, from Coventry, has enjoyed a career in TV and radio spanning more than 30 years, including as an original member of ITV’s Loose Women panel between 1999-2002. She is currently well known for presenting the Weekday Afternoon programme on BBC local radio.

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Trish Adudu welcomes her family up on the stage as she receives the award for Lifetime Achievement In Media from Colleen Fletcher OBE.

She said: “I am overjoyed and overwhelmed to receive this honour. I have watched Ladies First and their incredible rise in the community consciousness and been in awe of the stories that have been represented. With all those fantastic stories I’m proud to know that Tracey and her team have picked my story as one to honour.

“I just wish Mum and Dad could have seen this but it was great that my supportive and wonderful partner Ezzie and my sons Tyler and Kennedy could be there to witness this incredible achievement.”

Other winners from the Birmingham area included: Paola Spiga, Glam & Glow Beauty Lab, in Hockley Heath (Start-up of the Year); Becci Fox, of Solihull Moors (Excellence In Health & Welbeing); Jas Thiara of Alsters Kelley Solicitors, in Balsall Common (Excellence In Professional Services); and Rob Butler, of Tri Wellness Limited, in Solihull (Inspirational Businessman of the Year).

Anne Cawley and the team at Jamieson Christie Wealth Management, which has its headquarters in Balsall Common, were also presented with the Achieves For Community (Business) Award for their charity work, while John Street received the Community Champion Award, recognising his work with @freeatlast.

The @freeatlast charity aims to improve the lives of thousands of people in Birmingham’s inner city area of Nechells with the ultimate aim of eradicating child poverty – through youth clubs as well as family support and adult learning advice.

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John Street receives the Charity of the Year Award from Lisa Devine of Therapy & Fitness Centre

John said: “The team are exceptionally honoured to have been recognised by the Ladies First Network, for the work that we do with our children and young people. Thank you so much for supporting and valuing our work, encouraging us to press on towards the eradication of child poverty in our community.”

Anne Cawley said of her award: “Since formation over 20 years ago, we have strived to maintain key principles of treating others as you would wish to be treated, and to support and encourage all those around you. This includes valuing our wonderful staff and clients and the superb charities and organisations who work tirelessly for others. It was fabulous that some of our staff were able to join me to receive the award.”

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Paola Spiga of Glam & Glow Beauty Lab receives Start-up of the Year Award from Jo Meakin and Anja Kozerski of Audley Binswood

Paola Spiga, who won Start-up of the Year for Glam & Glow Beauty Lab, in Hockley Heath, said: “This award reaffirms my commitment to enhancing beauty, promoting wellness, and empowering individuals. It belongs to every client and supporter who has shared in my vision of embracing each person’s unique beauty and wellness goals with passion and excellence. Together, we celebrate the transformative power of self-care and individual empowerment.”

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Jas Thiara of Alsters Kelley Solicitors receives Professional Services Award from Tracy Evans from Pertemps.

Jas Thiara, from Balsall Common, who won Excellence In Professional Services Award for her role as a Higher Courts Advocate at Alsters Kelley Solicitors, said: “I’m still coming to terms with the fact that I have won an award – totally overwhelming on the night. A huge honour and I’m very grateful to the Directors at Alsters Kelley for nominating me in the first place and big thanks to everyone in the Crime department who support me every day.”

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Rob Butler of Tri Wellness receives Business Man of the Year Award from Charlotte Bird of Pertemps Network

Rob Butler was named Inspirational Man of the Year for his success at Tri Wellness Limited in Solihull, taking his own childhood experiences and subsequent mental health challenges to bring strength and positivity into his fitness and wellbeing studio.

He said: “This recognition truly means the world to me. I really hope me winning this award can inspire other young men and women to aspire to their goals, live for their purpose and be the people they deserve to be.”

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Excellence In Health Wellbeing winners Becci Fox, of Solihull Moors, and Julia Senah

With Solihull Moors, Becci Fox uses the power of sport to transform young people’s lives by equipping them with better skills and increased confidence.

On winning the Excellence In Health & Wellbeing Award, she said: “This award is not just a testament to my individual efforts but is a celebration of the collective spirit of all staff and volunteers and Solihull Moors Foundation. This award shines a light on the importance of nurturing well-being in our communities and for us to continue, touching lives through the power of sport.”

This year also saw the introduction of new categories including Sustainable Business Leader, Trailblazer of the Year and Inclusivity Leadership with a special Inspirational Women Award going to The England Women’s football team, The Lionesses.

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Birmingham’s Elmhurst Ballet performed on the night

The Awards, which were unveiled at The House of Commons in January, are headed up by Ladies First directors Tracey McAtamney from Balsall Common and Karen Massey from Leamington.

Tracey and Karen said: “It was a phenomenal evening celebrating the achievements of women, men, and future young influencers in business. We couldn’t be more proud of this inspiring event. Huge congratulations to all of our 2024 winners. We also want to express our gratitude to all our sponsors, without whom this event wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you to the IXL Centre for creating a wonderful experience for our guests. We can’t wait to see what 2025 will bring.”

The evening, which included an auction and raffle and £5k ring prize drawer courtesy of Shipton & Co in Stratford, also raised £8,000 for The Giles Trust Brain Tumour Fund. The charity was stablished in 2015 by former England cricketer Ashley Giles MBE and his wife Stine, who was diagnosed with three brain tumours over 12 years. The charity raises funds for research, pioneering equipment and support for patients.

Ladies First Awards 2024

Full list of winners can be found below. . .

Young Futures First Influencer Award (Sponsored by Ladies First)
Aaron O’Brien, Wolverhampton
Courtnee Gallagher, Bmet College
Leah Atkins, Bmet College
Fatima Mohammed, Bmet College
Angus Baskerville, Stratford

Inspirational Woman Award (Sponsored by Ladies First)
The Lionesses Women’s England Football Team

Start-up of the Year (Sponsored by Audley Binswood)
Paola Spiga, Glam & Glow Beauty Lab, Hockley Heath

Excellence In Professional Services (Sponsored by Pertemps Network Group)
Jas Thiara – Alsters Kelley Solicitors, Balsall Common

Achieves For The Community (Business) (Sponsored by Ladies First)
Jamieson Christie Wealth Management, HQ in Balsall Common

Community Champion (Sponsored by Therapy & Fitness Centre)
John Street – Free@last, Birmingham

Inspirational Business Man of the Year (Sponsored by Pertemps Network Group)
Rob Butler – Tri Wellness Limited, Solihull

Excellence In Health & Wellbeing (Sponsored by Air Aesthetics)
Becci Fox – Solihull Moors, Solihull
AND Julia Senah – Almond Care, Nuneaton

Business Woman of the Year (Sponsored by Edwards Wealth)
Louise Adkins – Share Haulage, Rugby

Lifetime Achievement Award in Media (Sponsored by Ladies First)
Trish Adudu – Radio presenter, from Coventry

Lifetime Achievement Award in Fashion & Retail (Sponsored by Ladies First)
Jackie Allan – Revolve, Leamington

Trailblazer of the Year (Sponsored by Alsters Kelley Solicitors)
Helen Morton – Helen Morton Advocacy, Leamington

Sustainable Business Leader (Sponsored by Nomuda)
Amanda Bourne – Tree-v Limited, Coventry

Business Resilience Award (Sponsored by Affiniti Search)
Emma Sansom – Flamingo Marketing Strategies, Leamington

Outstanding Entrepreneur Award (Sponsored by Chalmers News PR)
Bianca Rodrigues-Perry – Bia’s Kitchen Show, Leamington

Family Business of the Year (Sponsored by Benussi Law)
Ann and Andy Hawkins – Franklin & Hawkins Funeral Directors, Coventry

Rising Star & Future Leader Business & Inspirational (Sponsored by Bia’s Kitchen Show)
Heather Enness, Whitehorse Maritime Academy, Southampton

Excellence in Technology & Innovation (Sponsored by Nomuda)
Becky Patel – Tech She Can, Coventry

Wellness Coach of the Year (Sponsored by Air Aesthetics)
Lily Cook – LPC Sports Therapy & Yoga, Coventry

Business Consultant/Coach of the Year (Sponsored by Diffuse Retail)
Anita Dinnes – BCSL Consulting, Stratford

Achieves For Charity (Sponsored by Therapy & Fitness Centre)
Naomi Rees-Issit – OurJay Foundation, Rugby

Campaign of the Year (Sponsored by Richard George Tailoring)
Dr Tania Hebert – West Midlands Co-ordinator for Medical Ukraine, Stratford

Volunteer of the Year (Sponsored by Mallory Court)
Safeena Mohamed, Coventry
Amanda Burford – Packmore Estates, Warwick

Woman of Courage (Sponsored by Ladies First)
Sally Bee – journalist, Stratford

Networker of the Year (Sponsored by Findabiz)
Tessa Rhodes – Phoenix Ladies, Nuneaton

Business Man of the Year (Sponsored by Pertemps Network Group)
Richard Gunton – Richard George Tailoring, Leamington

Business Resilience Man of the Year (Sponsored by Ladies First)
Robert Singleton and Gavin Leach – Windmill Hill Brewing Company & Tavola, Leamington.

Inclusive Leadership (Sponsored by Ash Family Law)
Julia Von Klonowski – Digital Skills Consulting Limited, Reading

Read more about the Coventry & Warwickshire area winners here

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