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Businesswoman of the Year finalists

  • Written by Sub-Editor

With only 7 weeks to go until the widely-anticipated Test Valley Business Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at The Museum of Army Flying on 13th September, the spotlight is on the Businesswoman of the Year Award finalists.

The Businesswoman of the Year Award was created to shine a light on exceptional businesswomen within Test Valley, who are proud of what they do, and has been judged independently by 3 local businesswomen.

The finalists in this category for 2018, are:

* Stephanie Barnett of Pure Human Resources

* Alana Penkethman of Parker Bullen LLP

* Lisa Armstrong of Active Staff Ltd.

Of the finalists, Caroline Stevens from Danebury Vineyards, independent judge of the Businesswoman of the Year category, said of this year’s finalists:

“Being part of the judging process this year was a very welcome, but challenging, experience; the entries we received were of such a high standard, and it’s a real testament to our 3 finalists to have come this far. My sincerest congratulations to them.”

The Test Valley Business Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony, where this year’s winners will be announced, represents a great opportunity to hear about and celebrate the success of just some fascinating enterprises. It also allows guests to network with up to 170 like-minded local businesses and gain valuable publicity to promote themselves.

Lisa Armstrong of Active Staff Ltd. commented of being shortlisted:

“I am absolutely delighted to have been selected as a finalist in The Businesswoman

of the Year category for the Test Valley Business Award 2018. Whilst being the Owner and Director of Active Staff, I am also actively involved within the local community as a member in the Business Strategy group within the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce (Andover) and I am Chair of the Andover BID. Accolades such as this are a real reflection of the involvement I have both in business and in volunteering to support local organisations to succeed in business and also enhance our region.”

Similarly, Stephanie Barnett of Pure Human Resources, Romsey, remarked:

“Excited doesn’t even cover it! I’m thrilled to be shortlisted in the Businesswoman of the Year category at the Test Valley Business Awards. As the MD of an HR consultancy business, I’ve built my career – and over the past 6 years, my business – in a realm where women dominate in numbers…but still have challenges to overcome. To win this award would mean the world to me and would also be a massive credit to all those women who have helped me succeed my career to date: former colleagues, business contacts and now my own team. Fingers crossed!”

Finally, Alana Penkethman of Parker Bullen LLP commented:

“I am extremely grateful to have been shortlisted to stand alongside two of the many talented businesswomen in the Test Valley. I am fortunate to work in a role which requires me to strive for equality on a daily basis; the Awards are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the success of women within such a strong and diverse business community.”

Tickets are now available for the Test Valley Business Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at the Museum of Army Flying on 13th September; costing just £55 a ticket, to include sumptuous 3-course meal and welcome drink.

Now in its 14th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a steering group of volunteers – has become a well-established platform to champion business excellence. It is a great way of shining a light particularly on the many new and small businesses in the region, all doing interesting and valuable work, but often out of sight.