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Please speak to Zalena Vandrewala, director of the event please call 01782 202020 or email

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Women of the Year
Luncheon and Awards

The Women of the Year Luncheon & Awards was established in Nottingham 34 years ago as a ladies luncheon to raise monies for a charity called Revitalise Now.

We continue to support Revitalise as one of our chosen charities however over the last few years we have also supported an employment charity called Tomorrow’s People which has led to further national interest in the event. The charity focuses on getting people that have been unemployed long-term back into gainful employment. The charity has received government backing and having successfully established themselves across the south, are now very much focusing their attention on establishing networks across the Midlands and the North West. This campaign is being driven by former CEO and now ambassador to the Charity, Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott, who has provided a great deal of support to the event

Over the years, the event has grown from being a regional ladies luncheon to a national awards ceremony with a key focus on business. The event now plays host to around 550 ladies and recognises the achievements of women in business and women that have strived to achieve the unthinkable in the most gruelling of circumstances across the country.

The event presents 2 key awards each year: business woman of the year and woman of achievement/courage. Our past business woman winners include Baroness Karen Brady, Hilary Devey, Emma Elston CBE and Dr Sharon Redrobe. Our woman of achievement/courage has previously been awarded to Baroness Helen Newlove, Katie Piper, Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson, Martine Wright and Lucy Shuker.

The event is organised and put together by 3 directors, Zalena Vandrewala, a commercial litigation solicitor at Freeths LLP, Pauline Edden, owner of Arden Business IT Services and Judy Groves, marketing manager at the Rigby Group PLC. This year the event received attention from Samantha Cameron who invited both Zalena Vandrewala and Peter Gavin, managing partner at the Stoke on Trent office to a reception in aid of Tomorrow’s People at No 10 Downing Street earlier this year.

The event seeks to encourage, highlight and celebrate women’s achievements across the UK. The search for this years woman of the year was launched at the House of Lords on 9th February 2017, when once again nominations will be open to select this year’s Woman of the Year. Freeths is sponsoring this event for the 6th year running alongside Pertemps, Bentley Motors, British Airways, Birmingham City University, Global Radio and HSBC. We are having a big internal push to try and raise awareness of the business award and to encourage people to nominate any female clients and/or prospects that you think may be worthy of the title “Business Woman of the Year”