The First Women Awards, held by Real Business and the CBI, in association with Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets, celebrate pioneering women in British business. The winners are announced tonight at a major ceremony in London, in the presence of patron and first lady Sarah Brown and a host of celebrities and business VIPs. In the running are a group of amazing women entrepreneurs, such as: Sara Murray, the woman behind Buddi – a technology company that has developed the world’s smallest GPS personal locator with an emergency alert service. She was inspired to invent the device after losing her daughter in a supermarket. Kate Grussing, the former COO of JP Morgan’s European operations who left to do something “more entrepreneurial.” She founded Sapphire Partners, a niche executive search firm that matches world-class companies with senior women, many wishing to work on a flexible basis. Connie Parry, the chief executive and FD of Hurns – the largest independent producer and distributor of beer in South Wales. Together, Connie and her brother Philip plan to turn this Swansea-based family firm into an international brand. Glenys Berd, founder of Lovethoseshoes.com. Glenys started her online shop LoveThoseShoes.com in 2003. Five years on, her range of shoes that “Look Good & Do You Good” are sprinting off the shelves. The shop only stocks healthy, ecologically sound footwear, designed on yoga and biomechanical principles. The results will be announced here tomorrow. www.firstwomenawards.co.uk
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