Rebecca Newenham, founder and director of the virtual outsourcing agency Get Ahead, was has been named Southern England Business Woman of the Year at the National Business Women’s Awards.
The awards were made up of 21 categories with all entries judged by a national panel of judges. Shortlisted as a finalist, Rebecca attended the event at the Hilton, Wembley, with Joanne McGowan, Get Ahead Regional Director for Surrey, Louise Young, Get Ahead Regional Director for West London and Vicky McKenna, Get Ahead Regional Director for Oxfordshire.
“The National Business Women’s Awards 2021 has shown the very best of Britain when it comes to women in our workplaces,” said Awards Director Damian Cummins. “The calibre of finalists in 2021 was higher than ever before and after a challenging year for business as a nation we can celebrate those women who are literally driving UK plc forward.”
Rebecca said: “I am so proud to have won. To be recognised for work that I love is simply a bonus. It was a joy to be surrounded by so many amazing business women who are making such a difference in the UK.”
Get Ahead has welcomed a record number of new franchisees, including its first international franchisee in Sydney. Rebecca published her first business book ‘Virtually Yours’ and has been shortlisted in several business awards, including the HSBC British Franchise Awards 2021.
Elsewhere, PPE Hertfordshire’s designer and manufacturer, Design Abled, were crowned winners of the Heroes of Net Zero competition at an awards ceremony hosted by Intuit at the COP26 International Climate Change summit in Glasgow.
Celebrated for their original and innovative actions to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions, Design Abled successfully impressed the judges and topped the micro-business category after more than 160 businesses entered the competition.
Director Dean Ezekiel said: “We hope to inspire other businesses to make the same commitment and to make eco-friendly decisions. We believe in our chance to make a positive impact.
“Our aim is to solve communication problems of respiratory protection, as a sustainable, net zero business. As a manufacturer, we have a choice to reduce our impact on climate change, while still meeting the needs of customers and growing our business.”