White Label Creative managing director Katharine Glass, the vice-chair of the Develop Croydon Forum, has been shortlisted for this year’s Forward Ladies National Awards.
The programme, sponsored by HSBC, celebrates the key role played being by female entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Katharine has been shortlisted in the SME Growth category and has now been invited to attend the glittering London and South regional final at the Hilton London Tower Bridge, London on Friday, September 15.
Katharine said: “I am proud and honoured to have been shortlisted for these awards. Although this is in my name, it is really about White Label and the ethos of the company which I set up with my business partner Jo-anne Gumb in 2010.
“Thanks to our hard work and entrepreneurial spirit, we have grown into the go-to creative marketing agency for countless clients throughout south London and beyond, and it is great to see those achievements recognised at a wider level.
“It is also recognition for our loyal team, many of whom are working mums but have been able to continue to enjoy valuable careers thanks to our approach to flexible working.
“We are also proud to be good employers and, earlier this year, we became one of the first companies to be granted Good Employer Croydon status.
“Our passion and enthusiasm for Croydon as a great place to work has been championed via White Label’s not-for-profit community interest company, the Develop Croydon Forum, which has brought together over 60 key stakeholders who work collaboratively to promote Croydon.
“This has played a pivotal part in changing perceptions of the borough and contributed to the dynamic regeneration that is currently transforming our town and creating economic prosperity.”
In announcing the London and The South region shortlist, Forward Ladies Managing Director Griselda Togobo unveiled the names of 103 entrepreneurial female business leaders who will compete across 12 categories.
Croydon is also being represented by Yuliana Topazly of My Outspace Business Centre in the Not-For-Profit category.
Griselda said: “This has been a fantastic year for women and now it’s time to change gear and focus on the support needed to nurture talent regardless of gender, sector or region.
“The calibre of entries has been increasing year on year, but this year we have a number of outstanding entries and here at Forward Ladies we very much look forward to celebrating and sharing their success.”
The winners from the regional finals will appear before a live panel of independent judges in November, followed by the national final in Leeds on December 1.
Jennifer Crawley, UK Head of Performance for Business Banking, HSBC and judge said: “There was an impressive number of high-calibre entries this year, highlighting the quality of talented businesswomen we have in the UK.
“These entrants are the future entrepreneurs of our country, with the Forward Ladies event to showcase the best Britain has to offer. HSBC will be supporting them every step of the way to ensure their businesses prosper and thrive in the long term.”
Other judges include Ajaz Ahmed, the founder of Freeserve, Jan Flawn CBE, founder of PJ Care, Sahar Hashemi, founder of Coffee Republic and Dale Murray, Co-Founder of Omega Logic.