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Celebrating Women 2017 - the winners!

On Sunday May 21st, swib held its first awards event to mark its 25th birthday. Here's what swib president Laura McKinnon had to say as the event closed:

A massive thank you to all who contributed, donated and participated in Scottish Women In Business’s first Celebrating Women Awards event.

Congratulations to the finalists and especially to the winners of our Celebrating Women awards!

After months of preparation and excitement, Scottish Women In Business (swib) had a memorable Sunday afternoon at our sell-out Celebrating Women Awards in the stunning setting of Oran Mor. Greeted on arrival with a welcome glass of fizz and a sample of one gin, an award-winning gin which is only available in a few select outlets. This was followed by an afternoon of tea, sandwiches, cakes and chocolate-dipped strawberries. All these delights were enjoyed by a room full of excited and chatty women including ten swib past presidents, and even a handful of men, which is a welcome but unusual occurrence at a swib event.

Alison Walker hosted a magnificent event which was a celebration not only of 25 years of Scottish Women In Business, but was also a celebration of women and their achievements. There were interviews with ex-presidents Heather Alexander and Morag Malloy, who shared their experiences of swib.

After a short interval, you could hear the excitement mounting in the room as Zaynab Al Nasser from Turcan Connell, our sponsors for the event, announced our first winner, Vash Naidoo (Compliance Scotland), who won the Communicator award, closely followed by Ann-Maree Morrison (Labels4Kids) for the Connector award and Simone Lockhart (Search Consultancy) for the Collaborator award, each exemplifying one of swib’s core values. These were followed by Olivia Robertson and Clare Cooper (The Home Straight & Elli (Assisted Living Technology) Ltd) for the Innovator award and Jenny McCreary (Sew Confident) who won the Young Star award.

Next, it was on to our Celebrity Spotlight award which was voted for by the public from a list of 20 pre-chosen celebrities.The winner was Shirley Spear of The Three Chimneys restaurant, nominated for her development of Scottish cuisine and her work to promote better eating. Shirley gave a warming and inspiring speech about her business and encouraging young people in Scotland.

Finally, Mairi Morrison (our Honorary President) and Heather Alexander took to the stage to present the Spirit of swib award to past president, Liz Taylor. A well-deserved win in recognition for her commitment to the values of swib as well as her hard work and dedication to swib.

It was not only winners who left with reminders of the celebrations. Every guest received an amazing goody bag with donations from our generous suppliers.

The much-admired raffle prize of stunning Swarovski jewellery was won by a very happy Kirsty Walker, with the proceeds from the raffle being donated to swib’s Charity of the Year Dress for Success Scotland.

To end the afternoon, there was dancing with the Kennedy Cupcakes which followed a 1950s theme and had the entire room on their feet.

We offer a big thank you to our sponsors. We are delighted that the event was such a success, and a tribute to all the effort and hard work from the swib committee.

Laura McKinnon

You can find photos from the event in our gallery.

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