A Barnsley teenager was among the notable award winners at the Women in Business Athena International Women’s Day held at Tankersley Manor on Wednesday.
Eve Lodge, the 19-year-old owner of bespoke bunting business Barmy, was unable to make the event due to Women’s Day commitments at The University of Hull, where she is studying marketing.
However, she was thrilled to discover she was named as the winner of the 2017 ATHENA International Young Professional Leadership Award.
The annual Athena Awards recognise people who have supported, inspired and encouraged women to become active, fulfil their potential and assume leadership roles.
Eve, of Kendal Vale, Worsbrough, said: “Sadly I couldn’t be there in person but I was delighted and honoured to find out that I’d been chosen. Thank you so much to sponsors Crystal Clean and BR Chamber (Women in Business) President Lisa Pogson for picking up the award for me!” (picture below)
Meanwhile, Barnsley-based business Naylor Industries PLC was the recipient of the 2017 ATHENA International Organisational Leadership Award, and Amy Cooper (Onboard Skate Park) landed the International Leadership Award.
The event was a sell out with over 150 guests.
Michelle Bailey, of Barnsley business Active Response Security, was highly commended in the International Leadership category. at the Women in Business Athena International Women’s Day held at Tankersley Manor on Wednesday.
Michelle (pictured below with her award) also took part in a sofa interview, talking about the 10-year anniversary of her business and discussing the lessons she had learned. She was joined by Edward Naylor, CEO of Naylor Industries.
One of the surprises of the night came when a video appeared on screen from the Active Response team, talking about their delight at having Michelle as their boss and the many ways in which she had developed and supported them.
Michelle said: “The minute the video appeared I burst into tears. It will always be a treasured memory. I go on a lot about the great team I have, but people saw it for themselves.”
Chamber of Commerce president Lisa Pogson said: “International Women’s Day is not just about honouring those who are getting on but also about inspiring girls and young women to achieve, if anything that is even more important.
“The real message is to keep your confidence up because that is important to anything you want to do.”
The full list of this year’s nominees for the Athena awards were:
International Leadership Award:
Amy Cooper (Onboard Skate Park)
Bridie Warner-Adsetts (Naylor Industries PLC)
Gaynor Cross (Jenga Training CIC)
Julia Arechiga (Rotherham College RNN Group)
Laura Riley (Mums in Need)
Marina Lairos (Inova Consultancy)
Michelle Bailey (Active Response Security Services Ltd)
Rachel Wilson (Rush House)
Shahida Siddique (FaithStar LLP)
Sharon Cope (Healthwatch Rotherham)
Zanib Rasool MBE (Rotherham United Community Sports Trust)
Young Professionals Leadership Award:
Eve Lodge (Barmy Bunting)
Hannah Duraid (The Great Escape)
Kristan Clarkson (Active Response Security Services Limited)
Nichola Hawden (Harris & Co)
Shannon Roberts (South Yorkshire Community Foundation)
Sonia Bielaszewska (South Yorkshire Community Foundation)
The Organisational Leadership Award:
Dransfield Properties Ltd
Naylor Industries PLC
Onboard Skate Park
YWHP Sexual Abuse Support Group