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BWIB Awards

Inspirational speakers enrich the 2018 BWIB Awards
Samantha Murray, British Modern Pentathlete and Silver Olympic Medallist enthralled
attendees at the Banbury Women in Business Awards and Conference on Tuesday 11
Samantha, guided the room through her journey in becoming a pentathlete. How she
overcame her fears of shooting a gun to be named in the 2012 Olympic squad before she
gave a live demonstration on how to hit the target.
Samantha followed an inspiring talk by Michelle Niziol, Founder and CEO of IMS Property
Group. A successful businesswoman and 2016 candidate on BBC’s The Apprentice.
“The speakers at the conference were fantastic, they inspired the audience and enriched the
event” said: Marie Parkinson, Director of OJI Marketing and BWIB committee member.
Marie continues: “The event saw nearly 70 guests come together to acknowledge and
celebrate the accomplishments of the finest business women currently working in the town.
We’re delighted to provide a platform to indorse and promote women in business as well as
hopefully a spring board for them to continue to grow and develop their future careers and
With six award categories, and 18 finalists, the awards celebrated a broad cross section of
the business community. All 18 finalists were commended before each of the category
sponsors announced the winner and presented their elegant, engraved glass trophies and
framed certificates.
The winners of the 2018 Banbury Women in Business Awards are:
Bloxham Mill Business Centre – New Business Award
Corse Concierge
Edd Frost & Daughters – Going the Extra Mile Award
Dawn Gascoigne, Travel Counsellors
Designed by Howie – Business Communicator of the Year Award
Jody Fletcher – Chilli Promotional Products Ltd

Ellacotts – Micro Business Woman of the Year Award
Ella Barrington, Corse Concierge
Jamie Briggs Removals & Storage – Business Woman of the Year Award (5+
Georgia Geary, The Mill Arts Centre
Banbury Sound – Unsung Hero Award
Kerry McDermott, LLoyds TSB Commercial Finance

Congratulations to all the winners and a huge thank you to all the sponsors and supporters
of this year’s event. The BWIB committee will now start preparing for 2019, and if you would
like to be involved in next year’s event, then please email:

Banbury Women in Business is a not for profit” organisation, so no membership fees, you
just pay when you attend.  In addition to their annual conference and awards, they offer
quarterly networking lunches too. So regardless of whether you are new to networking or are
an experienced networker, come along to this popular and welcoming group. For more