Search is on for the region’s best businesswomen

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THE SEARCH is on for the best business woman in the region.

There are just three days left to enter the awards for the East of England Businesswomen Awards, which is now in its 21st year.

The awards, held in association with the Institute of Directors East of England, are open to corporate and independent business- women from across Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridge, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Categories include businesswoman of the year, entrepreneur of the year, start-up business of the year, and rising star of the year.

You can also nominate someone else for the Beatrice Wilkinson Memorial Award, which is given in memory of the founder of the Suffolk Businesswomen’s Network.

Jane Cox, chairman of East of England Businesswomen (EEBW) said: “Women are often very reluctant to put themselves forward and sing their own praises.

“But there are many outstanding businesswomen out there who are bucking the recession and doing extremely well.

“The EEBW awards are also very much designed to encourage younger women to pursue a career in business.

“The success of others can be a great inspiration to them so we do hope to encourage as many to enter as possible.”

Nominations close at 9am on Monday. You can register nominations onlines at Judging will begin on April 11, followed by visits to the finalist in the week starting April 18.

The winners will announced at a ceremony being held at the West Wing at Ickworth House on May 26, when the guest speaker will be BBC business reporter Karen Hoggan.

Collen Gostick, managing partner at Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough, who won the 2006 Businesswoman of the Year Award, said: “It’s a great boost for individuals and their businesses when their achievements are recognised.”

And Pat Perry, executive chairman of Perry Scott Nash Associates in Stevenage, who won Businesswoman of the Year award in 2000 said: “Entering the awards gives you the opportunity to take time out and look at where you’re going with your business. Winning an award reflects that you are moving in the right direction.”

Lloyds TSB and Adnams Plc are the main sponsors of the awards. The awards are also being sponsored or supported by Ashridge Business School, Suffolk Business Women’s Network, MedImmune, Itineris, DPS Technology Group, Mosaic Publicity, and the Institute of Directors East of England.

More information on the awards is available from the EEBW. Contact administrator Caroline Kearney on 07720 073883 or email