On a night of amazing winners, Caroline Odogwu of She Is You UK was unanimously chosen to receive the premier prize at the inaugural Sutton Women Mean Business Awards in association with Willmott Dixon.(Tuesday,12th November 2019).
A stunned but delighted Caroline, whose company helps vulnerable young women to succeed and believe in themselves, said the award was a tremendous validation of everything she was trying to achieve.
Caroline said: “I am speechless – I’m so honoured to win. I want to congratulate everyone who was nominated – I think we all really deserve this award. I’ll continue to do the work I’m really passionate about which is about inclusion and diversity, empowering young women and helping them recognise their potential.”
Host Fayon Dixon welcomed more than 170 guests to the Awards Ceremony on the 14th floor of the landmark Quadrant House in Sutton. They enjoyed dinner and networking at a Prosecco drinks reception sponsored by Riva Bingo, before the all-important awards presentations by the sponsors and judges. All of them praised the high standard of nominees for the nine category awards, many of whom had overcome immense challenges to succeed.
Patricia Park, BID Manager for Successful Sutton commented: “It was an amazing night, with a fantastic atmosphere that far exceeded all of our expectations. Every one of the nominees is a winner – our aim now is for the awards to continue and grow year upon year.”
Established by Successful Sutton with the support of the London Borough of Sutton and in association with headline sponsor Willmott Dixon, the awards aimed to recognise the many hard working women – often unsung heroes – in the borough.
Among the amazing winners on the night were Olivia Rossanese, a scientist working on ground-breaking research at The Institute of Cancer Research, and Mellissa Towers, who in spite of being blind since the age of 17, is now a much-loved physiotherapist with Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust.
Sarah McKinnell, Senior Bid Manager with Willmott Dixon commented: “We heard some truly wonderful and inspirational stories on what was a fantastic awards evening. Gender parity is a major priority for Willmott Dixon, so we were delighted to support the awards and be involved in the judging process. It was an honour to hear from so many deserving women with phenomenal demonstrations of their journey and incredible achievements, which ultimately have made a huge difference to Sutton.”
Helen Bailey, Chief Executive of Sutton Council, who presented the Education, Skills and Training award, added: “The Sutton Women Mean Business Awards ceremony was a truly inspiring evening. The winners and nominees all demonstrated an incredible level of skill, determination, energy and purpose. Sutton is lucky to have so many talented individuals building businesses and organisations that contribute to the vibrancy and prosperity of our community.”
Katharine Glass, Managing Director of event organisers White Label thanked all the sponsors, judges and nominees, as well as the Sutton Inspirational Women, ambassadors whose pop-art portraits promoted the first awards. Announcing that the 2020 awards would launch next March, Katharine said this year’s winners would be next year’s Sutton Inspirational Women ambassadors.
Sutton Women Mean Business Awards are proudly sponsored by: Headline Sponsor Willmott Dixon, Awards Partner Successful Sutton, and sponsors London Borough of Sutton, ABC Hire, Beddington for Business, JW Cannon, Kier Construction, RIVA Bingo and Watkins Cole. The Awards are supported by KIPPA BID, Mathews & Goodman, Mobile Bar Hire, Quadrant House, Sinclair Clark, Sutton Point, Time & Leisure, and our Guest Judges.