Women of Achievement Awards postponed until 2021

The much-anticipated Women of Achievement Awards, hosted by Women in Business has been postponed until November 2021.

Originally set to take place in November this year, the decision to delay the awards has been made due to circumstances surrounding Covid-19, in a bid to keep people as safe as possible.

Recognising inspirational women in business in Hull and East Yorkshire, the Women of Achievement Awards celebrates the accomplishments of those who are setting the standards in their business or workplace and making an outstanding contribution to their community.

With a new date for the awards to be announced in due course, an official launch event will take place April 2021 to announce further details, including a confirmed high-profile guest speaker, compere, judging panel and sponsors.

Remaining sponsorship opportunities are also open to businesses that would like to get involved.

Natalie Houfe, chair of Women in Business, said: “Although we are disappointed to announce the postponement of the 2020 WIB WOA awards year the safety of our guests is our upmost priority!”

“Hosting the event in November 2021 will actually enable an extra layer to our awards. It will provide an opportunity to recognise businesses who have adapted, shown resilience and flexibility, supported their staff or the community during these unprecedented times. This will be an extremely inspirational event where we can support and celebrate the endurance of local businesses. Plus, we will be in the safest possible environment for those attending.”

“We can’t wait to announce the exciting guest speaker we have lined up, and to recognise the best of the best in business in the Hull and East Yorkshire area.

“We would like to thank everyone involved for their understanding at this difficult time and wish the best to those working their hardest during the pandemic.”

The Women of Achievement Awards is Women in Business’ largest event, with over 400 influential delegates set to be in attendance. A hugely popular event in the business calendar, previous years have sold out within days of launching.

Taking place at the Mecure Hotel, the awards provides a stage for the amazing, talented, committed and passionate women in the local business community. 

This is WIB’s 25th anniversary and the organisation has adapted to support its members through these challenging times, canceling normal events that have been replaced with social events via zoom so no one is isolated, no matter how small their business. Plus, webinars for training, wellness, and inspiration. “We try to help connect and support as many local businesses as we can.” 

WIB events move online during lockdown

Women in Business, like many other organisations, has had to cancel its social meetings, events and public gatherings. So in response, we are launching a range of brand-new WIB Virtual Events to help support you and your business through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond by providing useful information and advice from experts in different fields. Plus, training and personal development events as well as health and wellness, inspirational and social fun events too.

We hope to see you at these events – keep an eye out on the website, Facebook and for an email invitation dropping in to your inbox.


Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, and in light of new advice from Public Health England, we have made some difficult decisions about how we proceed with WIB during this time.

As of today we will be halting any planned activity until 1 July 2020, unless guidance is updated before this date.

These necessary measures have been taken to ensure the health and wellbeing of our members and those we work with – which is our utmost priority.

We want to thank everyone for their support and understanding during this unprecedented situation. 

Stay safe everyone and we look forward to socialising together again as soon as possible.

Paralympian Martine Wright announced as guest speaker for the Women of Achievement Awards 2018

Paralympian Martine Wright, MBE, who lost both of her legs during the 7th July 2005 bombing in London, has been announced as the guest speaker at this year’s Women of Achievement Awards 2018 as her story is truly inspiring and one to be shared.

The popular awards ceremony is one of the most prestigious of its kind in Hull and East Yorkshire.  Around 500 people are expected to attend this year’s event at the new Double Tree by Hilton.  Held every two years and organised by Women in Business, they celebrate women entrepreneurs who are either running their own business or hold a leading role in their profession or industry, in a local authority, charity or indeed any other organization.

Samantha Baker, Chair of Women in Business, said: “This year’s Women of Achievement awards promises to be an inspiring event – we strive to make it even better every year.  The nominations for the awards are open and we would ask everyone, if you know a fabulous woman who deserves to be applauded for her achievements or contribution, to please put them forward, we want to hear about them.  You can nominate yourself or someone else and we do the rest! They could be part of an innovative start-up or already well-established in their field.  They may do incredible charity work and never think they deserve any special reward… We think they do and to us, all of these women are extraordinary and deserve recognition”.

“We are also very excited that Martine Wright has agreed to be our guest speaker this year.  Rather than dwelling on her loss, she used it as a springboard for a new life, seeking out new opportunities and redefining her goals.  Later she won The Helen Rollason Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Face of Adversity at the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.  She’s going to be sharing her story and her journey to becoming a Paralympian with us.  She is a truly inspirational woman and is definitely not to be missed.”

The Women of Achievement Awards, compèred by ITV Calendar News reporter Fiona Dwyer, will take place on 16th November 2018, 12 noon – 5pm, at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis and are already selling fast, so you need to act quickly to secure yours.

For more information about the award categories and how to nominate someone for an award, please visit http://womeninbusinesshull.co.uk/events/women-of-achievement-awards-2018/

Dame Esther Rantzen DBE announced as WOAA16 guest speaker

Esther RantzenWe are delighted to announce that our guest speaker for this year’s Women of Achievement Awards is Dame Esther Rantzen DBE, journalist and television presenter, best known for presenting the hit BBC television series That’s Life! from 1973 until 1994. ChildLine and The Silver Line founder.

The Awards will take place on Friday 18th November at the Willerby Manor.

Tickets for the event have all sold out.

For anyone wishing to enter the awards, please see the application details on the WOAA16 brochure:

Download Awards Brochure

New look for 21 year old networking group

Twitter LogoLocal women’s networking organisation, Women In Business Hull, is delighted to announce a new brand identity AND a new website to celebrate its 21st birthday .

Members will soon receive details of the new members’ directory, which has been developed in order to make it easier for members to do business with one another.

Commenting on the fresh new look, 2015 Chair Jo Langthorp said “I love the 3 stylised women in our new logo. It captures everything we as a group stand for: support, connectedness and approachability.”