Welcome to Women Leaders MK

Who are our 2017 Finalists? Click here.

Women Leaders MK is a prestigious awards event that recognises the talents and achievements of women living or working in the Milton Keynes postcode area.

For those of you new to Women Leaders, the aim of this annual event is to enable women living or working within the Milton Keynes and surrounding area to experience the same empowerment and recognition achieved by the national CBI First Women Award winners.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Sheldon, WOMEN Leaders winner, who is celebrating after she was honoured at the prestigious national CBI First Women awards on June 29. The CEO of Evidence Talks was recognised for her impressive achievements in her male-dominated field of science and technology. Read more HERE.

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This year we are pleased to announce our headline sponsor is the Open University. Thank you to all our sponsors whose support is essential in helping us deliver this award event and support local causes. If you would like to show your support for Women Leaders and build your brand in Milton Keynes, why not sponsor an award? Great value packages available here.

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The Women Leaders MK Awards is led by Jan Flawn CBE who was a previous winner of the CBI First Woman of Business Services Award and is endorsed by the national CBI First Women Awards. All the winners of the Women Leaders MK Awards (to be held on Friday 13th October 2017) will have the opportunity to be nominated for a national CBI First Women Award the following year.

Congratulations to everyone that was nominated for last year’s Women Leaders Awards and especially to our finalists and subsequent winners. Our judges had a huge task picking the finalists from such a strong pool of nominees and subsequently our winners for 2016. A big thank you to all our judges for their sterling efforts both at shortlisting day and the finalists judging day.

The full list of our 2016 Women Leaders finalists can be seen HERE and our winners HERE. To see the photos from last year’s gala dinner and awards, view here.

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Our Sponsors…

Driven to provide clients a competitive edge, and connected to the communities where its clients want to do business, Dentons knows that understanding local cultures is crucial to successfully completing a deal, resolving a dispute or solving a business challenge. Now the world’s largest law firm, Dentons’ global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size in more than 140 locations serving 57 countries.

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At Handelsbanken, our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our customer oriented and decentralised model has enabled us to have higher customer satisfaction than our competitors for many years. To achieve customer satisfaction we need knowledge, experience and genuine commitment. This applies among all employees, in all processes and in all departments across the bank. Every employee and every step of the chain is equally important.

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NHBC is the UK’s leading independent standard-setting body, warranty and insurance provider for new homes. For nearly 80 years NHBC has been providing Buildmark, a warranty and insurance product for new homes; we currently cover 1.6 million homes in the UK with a market share of approximately 80%.

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Mazars is an international, integrated and independent organisation, specialising in audit, accountancy, tax, legal and advisory services. As of 1st  January 2016, Mazars operates throughout the 77 countries that make up its integrated partnership. We draw on the expertise of 17,000 professionals to assist major international groups, SMEs, private investors and public bodies at every stage of their development. In the UK, Mazars has over 1500 partners and staff serving clients from 19 offices, and is ranked as the ninth largest firm nationally.

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Invest Milton Keynes is your first point of enquiry, whether you are an existing Milton Keynes business looking to expand in, or a business looking to relocate to, this vibrant and dynamic city. As part of the Economic Development team at Milton Keynes Council, Invest Milton Keynes offers all the help and support you need to take full advantage of Milton Keynes’ phenomenal growth and ongoing success.

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MK Business Leaders Partnership is an independent not for profit business organisation drawn from a broad section of senior executives who utilise their experience and knowledge to benefit the wider community. We identify and develop strategic interests and provide focused representation and discussion of business matters with key public and private sector organisations.

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Mercer & Hole are a top 50 UK firm of Chartered Accountants with offices in Central Milton Keynes and also in London and St Albans. As a full service, partner-led practice, Mercer & Hole provide advice to clients on audit, taxation and on all financial matters.

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We are delighted to be supporting the Women Leaders Awards this year which recognises the incredible achievements of women leaders in MK. Howes Percival is a heavyweight regional law firm based in MK (with offices in Cambridge, Leicester, Manchester, Northampton and Norwich). We provide exceptional legal advice to businesses (and individuals) both in the MK area and nationally. We pride ourselves not only on the enthusiasm and expertise of our lawyers, but also on their creative, commercial and pragmatic approach to their work.

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At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. It is this focus which informs the services we provide and the decisions we make. Demonstrating genuine leadership is more important to us than size or short term revenue growth. To achieve our aim to be recognised as the ‘the leading professional services firm’ we must be innovative, responsible and attract outstanding people.

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Santander UK is a leading financial services provider that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services in the UK. The bank serves around 14 million active customers through our branch network and regional Corporate Business Centres. We operate primarily in the UK, are regulated by the UK Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority, and are part of the Banco Santander, S.A..

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PJ Care is a leading provider of specialist neurological care and neuro rehabilitation for people with progressive or acquired neurological conditions. We specialise in the multidisciplinary care of adults and work with residents, families, charities and the NHS to provide the highest quality care for their residents. Our residents’ care is at the heart of everything we do. We strive to nurture dignity, independence and privacy through our purpose-built facilities, our highly trained multi-disciplinary teams, the care models we offer and the therapies and activities provided.  We have three specialist neurological care units available in Milton Keynes and four Neurological Care Units and a Rehabilitation Service at our award winning Eagle Wood Centre in Peterborough.

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BSI is the business standards company that helps organizations all over the world make excellence a habit. For more than a century we have been challenging mediocrity and complacency to help embed excellence into the way people and products work. That means showing businesses how to improve performance, reduce risk and achieve sustainable growth. As a global leader in helping organizations improve, our clients range from high profile brands to small, local companies in 182 countries worldwide.

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Key dates for Women Leaders MK 2017

8th March – Nominations Open online

30th June – Nominations Close

14th July – Shortlisting Day

1st September – Judging Day (Interviews to be held at Milton Keynes College, Silbury Boulevard)

13th October – Gala Dinner and Awards (Hilton DoubleTree, MK Stadium)

 

Our Partners…

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