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Work Wise Women Annual Awards Dinner

‘Work Wise Women’, the networking group supporting women in business in the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and surrounding area, celebrated it’s 12th anniversary with it’s annual summer business dinner and the presentation of their annual business awards. 70 women attended the lively event at the ‘Upstairs at Abby’s’ function suite.  

Awards were presented to our stand-out women members to recognise their many and diverse achievements over the past year.

  • Isabel Wallis of ‘Hats and Tiaras’, Cleethorpes’ was delighted to win the award for New and Growing Business
  • The Charity Fundraiser of the Year award was a great surprise for Allison Rawling of Bridge McFarland Solicitors 
  • The Team Award was well deserved by Laura Petch and Bev Clark of HSBC Bank in Grimsby 
  • A one-off award went to Callum Kirkley of Abby’s, for his impeccable service with a smile looking after the WWW club over the years to the very highest standard. 
  • Anne Tate was honoured for her Excellence in Business and Commerce as Northern Lincolnshire Manager of the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce. 

The final and most prestigious award was ‘Work Wise Women’s Woman of the Year’ and this year it recognised local entrepreneur Julia Thompson. She has risen, by virtue of her tremendous skill and hard work, to a star-studded career in television covering Stars In Their Eyes, This Morning, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Britain’s Got Talent to name just a few.

She has never forgotten her roots and her company, East Coast Pictures has employed over 50 local young people, helping many break into the TV and media industry in Grimsby and York.

She travels weekly between London, Grimsby and Manchester with clients ITV and Simon Cowell’s SYCO Entertainment, developing shows such as BBC’s The Greatest Dancer and even working in Shanghai.   Locally, Julia still finds time to support the Rotary Club of Cleethorpes and be part of VESR, the group of business leaders working with the local authority to grow our own visitor economy, service and retail sectors and is Chair of CoastNEL, the group who won £3.8 million, currently delivering new events and regeneration projects in Cleethorpes.  What a winner and role model for our area! 

Work Wise Women founders and director’s Lindsay Henson and Sarah Brattan hosted the evening and after-dinner entertainment was provided by renowned entrepreneur turned motivational speaker, Richard Askam. Having taken to the stage in numerous countries, telling of his personal life story and expertise in the business world, he was able to inspire everyone with his vision for Grimsby.  It was refreshing to hear him shout about the greatness of the Grimsby area from his role in the significant ‘Greater Grimsby Town Deal.’ Richard shared his passion for the renaissance and recognised the dynamic female business owners and professionals at the event, playing their part in delivering an improved future for the town.

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