Last week, Gloucestershire Live, the Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo proudly launched West Women of the Year 2018 - an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the most outstanding women in the region and an event QuoLux are proud to be sponsoring.
The annual event has been inspiring women of all backgrounds for more than 10 years and continues to shine a light on their extraordinary achievements, through unrivalled media coverage and an annual awards evening.
This year, 100 years of women's suffrage is being celebrated, with a definitive list of the 100 Most Influential Women in the West, curated by their readers, sponsors and guest judges.
The awards on April 12, at which the top 100 will be celebrated, will honour everyone from female apprentices to chief executives, and those women who are making a difference in their workplaces and communities.
Proudly sponsored by Bank of Ireland, the West Women of the Year celebration brings together women from all walks of life, each handpicked for their achievements and contribution to society across Bristol, Bath and Gloucestershire.
The awards will take place on at the Passenger Shed in Bristol, and promise to be a truly momentous occasion.
“In a world which often celebrates ‘celebrity’, these awards set themselves apart by honouring real achievement and diversity,” said Sarah Pullen, Managing Director of Trinity Mirror South West.
"This event is one of the highlights in our awards calendar as it is a chance for women in our communities to come together and honour those making a difference.
"In the past decade, the awards have gone from strength to strength, so much so, we have re-launched the event to celebrate women across the whole of the West who deserve recognition”.
The event is being staged in partnership with Gloucestershire’s sister titles across the region, including the Western Daily Press, Bath Chronicle and Bristol Post newspapers.
Mrs Pullen added: "As ever, we couldn't put on these events without our sponsors and we have a number of exciting opportunities for people to support the event in 2018."
Entries are now open to hear from the inspiring, dedicated and high achieving women doing great things in the region.
Most Outstanding Woman in Business in the West 2018
This award will go to a woman who has a proven track record of outstanding management and leadership in the business sector, either as an employee or an entrepreneur, in the past year.
The winner will be a senior manager or business owner who has demonstrated exceptional vision and ambition. The judges will be looking for the positive impact and influence this woman has had on the lives of other women.
Most Outstanding Woman in the Charitable Sector in the West 2018
This award will go to the woman who can demonstrate the differences they have made to their community and/or the West region of Gloucestershire, Somerset, Bristol and Bath over the last year. The judges will be interested in all the different aspects both individually and through the company they/you run or in which are employed including volunteering and corporate social responsibility.
Most Innovative Woman in the West 2018, sponsored by QuoLux
This award will go to a woman who has introduced a product, process, invention, idea, or design that has made a significant contribution in the West in business, entertainment, sport, education, charity and public services. The judges will be interested in innovation that has improved an existing product or process, or an initiative that has led to the development of new products or services.
Emphasis will be placed on innovation that has positively impacted upon the lives and/or working conditions and opportunities for women.
The judges will also be interested in how that innovation is embraced within the culture of the business/organisation/community in which it has been introduced.
Lifetime Achievement Award 2018
This award will go to the woman who, in the opinion of the judges, has made a considerable and lasting contribution to the lives (personal and/or professional) of women in the West in business, entertainment, sport, education, charity or public services.
The judges will be looking for evidence of this individual’s long-term contribution in their field.
West Woman Of 2018
This award will go to a woman who has made a significant personal contribution to the success of the business they run or in which they are employed, or the community in which they hold a significant role of influence and/or the ways in which they have made a demonstrable positive impact upon the lives of other women in the West.
The judges would also like to hear about the more personal qualities that have made them/you successful including activities they/you are involved in which have relevance to the lives of other women in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Bristol and Bath.
Most Outstanding BAME Woman in the West 2018
This award will go to a Black, Asian and minority ethnic woman who has made a demonstrable difference to their community and/or the West region of Gloucestershire, Somerset, Bristol and Bath over the last year. The judges will be looking for positive impacts and significant influence this woman has made in business, public services, entertainment, sport or the charitable sector in 2018.
To enter the awards, visit http://westwomenoftheyear.co.uk/award-categories/
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