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Awards Special: Women Mean Business

The winners of the National Business Women’s Awards 2019 have now been announced - including Cambridge Lash Company’s Katie Wright, crowned Employee of the Year - as Velvet reports

We’re still glowing with pride from December’s National Business Women’s Awards 2019, which saw one of our homegrown talents return to Cambridge with the much-coveted trophy for Employee of the Year.

Katie Wright, manager of Cambridge Lash Company, received effusive praise from the judges who commented: “It’s so obvious that Katie is a huge part of the business and the judges were impressed by her positive attitude willingness to go the extra mile.”

Hundreds of the UK’s top businesswomen came together at The Millennium Gloucester Hotel in South Kensington to celebrate their successes in what was truly an endorsement of women-power with winners across 20 categories recognised for their hard work.

Once the glitter and champagne had worn off a bit, naturally our local winning lady stopped by to tell us what she thinks the secret of her success is. . .

Huge congratulations, Katie! What does winning Employee of the Year 2019 mean to you?

It means so much. To be rewarded for the hard work and dedication I have put into the business is fantastic.

What made you want to work in the beauty industry? Was it always your dream career?

I have always wanted to be a beauty therapist. For as long as I can remember I would attend appointments with my mother and watch the therapists provided treatments. Seeing the reactions of the customers, I just knew it was always something I wanted to do. I have pushed myself in my career to be the best I possibly can be and I have previously been crowned Best Beauty Therapist in the UK (and 4th in the world!) at the WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 so to now win Employee of the Year in business is great.

What’s the story of you and Cambridge Lash Company and what’s it like to work there?

I started to help develop the Cambridge Lash Company from the very beginning. It has been a huge learning curve but the Cambridge Lash company has the best eyelash extensions products.

What do you think makes a good employee?

I believe hard work and loyalty makes a good employee, I will always go above and beyond, partly because I work with such a fantastic lady (Lucy Argent is the director of Salon at Number 5) who I look up to and who inspires me continually.

What’s your message to other women in business?

Always push yourself to succeed and also, you don’t always need to be a competitor in your field, just be an influencer.

What are your top three tips for success at work?

Be passionate about what you do, always strive to do your own personal best. And encourage and help other colleagues to create a happy team. Afterall, you probably spend more time with them than you do with your own family.

Cambridge Lash Company is at The Old Coach House, High Street, Harston and Katie is the manager of The Salon at No 5, Milton Road, Cambridge. Visit cambridgelashcompany.co.uk or salonatnumber5.co.uk for information and to book.

Finalists attended the National Business Women’s Awards from as far north as Aberdeen, south to Devon and Cornwall and across the sea to Derry in Northern Ireland. Of the winner, Awards Director Damian Cummins said: “This was a very close-run contest for the overall winner, it literally could have gone three ways, but the judges identified Bonnie May as being top in their field over the last 12 months, a tremendous achievement.”

Best New Business

Catherine Morgan - The Money Panel (Milton Keynes)

Business Owner of the Year

Carol Blackford-Mills - MRS Digital (Hampshire)

Business Woman of the Year - Micro

Vicky Saynor - Bethnal&Bec (Hertfordshire)

Business Woman of the Year - Small

Charmaine Vincent - Baltimore Consulting Ltd (Bristol)

Business Woman of the Year - Medium

Gail Dudleston - twentysix Limited (Leeds)

Business Woman of the Year - Large

Sophie Lawler - Total Fitness (Cheshire)

Corporate Leader of the Year

Louise Hardy - Crest Nicolson Plc (St Albans)

Employee of the Year

Katie Wright - The Cambridge Lash Company (Cambridge)

Employer of the Year

Carol Blackford-Mills - MRS Digital (Hampshire)

Influential Business Woman of the Year

Louise Hardy - Crest Nicolson Plc (St Albans)

International Women's Award

Bonnie May - Global Infusion Group (Chesham)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Kathy Doran - Morestaff Ltd (Bedfordshire)

Northern England Business Woman of the Year

Samantha Burlton - Make An Entrance.com (Lincoln)

Northern Ireland Business Woman of the Year

Vivian McKinnon - Hydro-ease (Belfast)

Scottish Business Woman of the Year

Kate Stott - Beautybooker Limited (Aberdeen)

Service Excellence

Nicola Harris - George James Bridal Ltd (Bedfordshire)

Social Impact Award

Bev Hurley - YTKO Group Ltd (Cheshire)

Southern England Business Woman of the Year

Caroline Strawson - Caroline Strawson: Rapid Transformational Therapist (Northamptonshire)

Third Sector Champion

Angela Novell - MK SNAP (Milton Keynes)

Business Woman of the Year

Natalie Richards - Expertise Homecare (Central & West Kent) Ltd (Kent)

For all the details about the awards, including how to enter this year, visit NBWAwards.co.uk

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