Who are Britain’s top women entrepreneurs?

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.


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