To celebrate and recognise successful and inspiring business women in Dorset, organisers of the Daily Echo-backed Dorset Business Awards have introduced the Business Woman of the Year Award, sponsored by Barclays, to the 2012 award listing.

Barclays is one of the world’s largest financial services groups and the firm joins the prestigious list of Award sponsors. The judges for this category will be seeking to identify finalists that can demonstrate outstanding achievement, innovative business concept, growth and good management skills.

This Award is open to women owning a business of any size and industry sector, and the business will need to have been trading for at least two years. Franchise Owners and women who have their own private practices, for example doctors, accountants, solicitors and dentists can also enter this award.

Business Woman of the Year Award checklist
Entrants will need to include details of the following:
• Why the business was set up and a synopsis of its development
• Information on any outstanding personal achievements during the past 12 months which have been beneficial to the business. This should include how these achievements have influenced the wider business community
• An explanation of the approach to leadership, management style and how personal growth is encouraged in others
• Details on future goals – short and long-term career and personal objectives, as well as information on how the business plans to develop over the next three to five years
• How skills have been developed for both the entrant and their staff to ensure they are ahead in their industry, career path and objectives.
• An insight into lifestyle outside of work, for example social interests, community involvement and hobbies.

Robert Jones, Director in the Wealth and Investment Management division of Barclays in Bournemouth, comments: “We are proud to be a sponsor in this year’s Dorset Business Awards and to be introducing the Business Woman of the Year category. The purpose of the awards is to celebrate and give recognition to the organisations and business leaders making a difference in the region.

“This is reflected in our approach at Barclays, where we work closely with local entrepreneurs and business figures at each stage of the business cycle to advise and prepare them for the opportunities and challenges that may lie ahead. We are committed to supporting the rising number of female entrepreneurs and women in business, and have taken time to really listen to the needs of women and to find out what matters to them, helping them take charge of their financial future.”

The Awards are free to enter and entrants can submit an entry via or print off an entry form and submit a paper-based entry. The closing date for entry is Friday September 14.

The Awards are also backed by the south’s leading radio station Wave 105 and supported by the Dorset Echo. The Awards campaign will culminate in a prestigious gala dinner ceremony on Thursday November 29 at the Lighthouse, Poole. For further information about the Awards or to purchase tickets for the Gala Dinner please contact Shirley Ewart on 01202 714812.

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