Round of applause as Alison strikes double in awards

Torbay Weekly

Women from Torbay and South Devon have featured prominently in a the Devon Women in Business Awards.

They were announced at a ceremony at the Passage House Hotel at Kingsteignton.

The awards celebrate business excellence from female entrepreneurs and managers and entries were received from across Devon.

Judged by Louise Jenner the Dream Job Coach, Maureen Frost owner of Astrality Business Services and Emma Woodward Partner at Dawes Accountants there were many inspiring stories among the entries making it difficult to choose winners.

Judges said the award winners were 'shining examples of how to achieve success despite the challenging conditions of the past two years'.

They operate across a range of sectors including education, professional services, cleaning and clothing manufacture and retail.

Alison Benney was a double winner. enlightenHR of which she was a founder member,  won best small business, and she was also honoured for her contribution to the community.

Alison was given a congratulatory round of applause at the recent breakfast meeting of of the Torbay Business Forum where she is an executive member.

Poppy Jakes from Torquay was another local winner in the Best Sole Trader section.

The list of winners were: Employer of the Year Georgina’s Eco Cleaning Team (Newton Abbot); Best Start Up Sid and Tumble (Plymouth); Best Sole Trader Poppy Jakes Photography (Torquay); Best Small Business enlightenHR (Torquay); Inspiring Leader Lynn Stephens, South Devon College (Paignton). Contribution to the community Alison Benney (Torquay); Customer Service Excellence Georgina’s Eco Cleaning Team (Newton Abbot)


The Awards were sponsored by Astrality Business Services, Black Swan Printers Dawlish, Dawes Accountants, Decorations & Celebrations, Louise Jenner the Dream Job Coach and Poppy Jakes Photography.

The 2022 Awards will be open for entry in the summer. If anyone would like to support these please email co-organiser Maureen Frost at maureen@astralitybusinessservice

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