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Claire’s Column – Celebrating Local Businesswomen

Published on: 19 Dec, 2014
Updated on: 19 Dec, 2014

In this regular column – a must-read for all those interested in Guildford business – Claire Dee encourages you to recognise the county’s talented businesswomen by nominating them for Surrey’s first top businesswomen list.

Claire Dee

Claire Dee

As we reach the end of the year it’s time for reflection and celebration – and I don’t just mean Christmas!\

As co-chair of the Surrey Chambers Business Women in Surrey (BWiS) group, I’m delighted to be involved in launching our inaugural 2015 Top Businesswomen in Surrey List. Introduced to highlight the impressive and varied talent prevalent in businesswomen across the county, those on the list are nominated and voted for by you.

Nominations are now open. Surrey business people are invited to publicly thank and promote the women they feel have made a significant and worthwhile contribution to their local business community. Success can be defined in a multitude of ways, so nominations from all walks of life are welcome. From young entrepreneurs to mentors and business owners, innovative and forward-thinking staff, and those who relentlessly give back to the community.

Names already on the list include: Sue Biggs, director general, Royal Horticultural Society; Helen Collins, detective chief superintendent, Surrey Police; Surrey Life magazine editor, Caroline Harrap; and Guildford’s own best-selling author Adele Parkes.

The process is quick and simple: register your nomination on the BWiS website before January 30 2015, nominations then close and it’s open to a public vote from February 1 2015 to create the final inaugural BWiS 2015 Top Businesswomen in Surrey List, which will be announced in full in March at the annual BWiS flagship event in celebration of International Women’s Day.

So if there’s someone you feel deserves special recognition, don’t delay, nominate them today!

Claire Dee runs her own communications consultancy near Guildford, and is an active member of the local business community including sitting on the Surrey Chambers of Commerce Council and the Institute of Directors Surrey Committee. To learn more visit

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