FEMALE role models and the successful women of South Devon are to be celebrated in a new initiative.
Women of Achievement is a new project being run by the Herald Express in conjunction with Outset Torbay and Enterprising Women, and looks to highlight the achievers in our communities and help young women to aspire to great futures.
It is being supported by Torbay Council and Torbay NHS Care Trust.
Michelle Pugh, Herald Express sales director, said: “Women of Achievement intends to recognise success in the workplace and in doing so identify female role models and encourage mentors.
“We hope to be able to inspire women of the future across families, the business community, and also in schools and colleges.”
Helen Harman, programme director for Outset Torbay, said: “Outset Torbay is delighted to support the Women of Achievement campaign, helping to raise aspiration and celebrate the achievements of local women.
“We are supporting women, along with other under-represented enterprise groups in Torbay, to overcome barriers to start and grow sustainable businesses.
“With 57 per cent of our new businesses launching by women, it shows the entrepreneurial potential of the women of Torbay and the power women have to lead the country’s economic recovery.”
The campaign is being launched on Thursday, February 23, at the Grand Hotel in Torquay.
Speaker on the day will be Bev Hurley (pictured), chief executive of development company YTKO, one of only two companies to be awarded the Prowess Flagship of Flagships award for Excellence in support of women’s enterprise, and founder of Enterprising Women and the Outset programme.
She said: “It is vitally important to unlock the barriers women face to reach their personal and economic potential.
“Women-owned business have the potential to make a substantial contribution to the UK’s economic recovery.
“Through YTKOs work in both the public and private sectors across the UK, we have first-hand experience of helping women to reach that potential, through tailored support which addresses the specific challenges they face.
“The Women of Achievement initiative is an important local platform for recognising the impact women can have both in business and in their communities, and in doing so, to identify female role models that will inspire women of the future.”
The initiative will run until June 2012 with the highlight being the Women of Achievement competition with a prestigious awards reception in July 2012.
See below for photos taken at the Women of Achievement launch event on 23 February 2012.