Of course the official Press Release will follow but I thought I might take the opportunity to have a little celebration of this fabulous achievement.
At a rather glamorous Awards lunch on Friday, attended by some 250 people including Jo Cameron and Rachel Elnaugh, one of the 9 Awards handed out was the Women in Finance and Money.
Tough competition on the short list …
Elaine Clark – CheapAccounting.co.uk (me!)
Emma Buckley – Barclays Wealth
Elinor Perry – Pentlands Tax & Business Advisers
Sarah Pennells – SavvyWoman.co.uk
A submission was made to the impressive judging panel of …
Caroline Waters -Director, People & Policy at BT
Irene Curtis - Vice President at Police Superintendent’s Association of England and Wales
Gill Fielding – Secret Millionaire and leading businesswoman
Rachel Elnaugh – Dragons Den and leading entrepreneur
Lynne Franks – Founder of B-Hive and leading businesswoman
Charlotte Sweeney – International Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Nomura International
Gita Patel - Director, Trapezia
Penny Mallory – Rally Driver, motivational speaker and presenter
And it seems that they decided that I should win.
So in true Paltrow style here is my acceptance speak …
I’d like to thank my mother (rest her soul) and my 77 year old DJ father (happy birthday for tomorrow – let’s rock!).
Special thanks to the following for the great feedback that they gave me to include in my submission:
Christine Knott, Managing Director of Beyond the Box
Lisa Barnett, Social Media Manager, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
Nick Goode, Head of Marketing, Sage Accountants Division
All of the lovely friends, relations, Associates, tweeps, contacts, colleagues, UK Business Forum posters and so on that have supported me since I started.
All of the tweeps that send messages of congratulations – would love to name you all but there are so many of you. Isn’t twitter great!
A name like CheapAccounting.co.uk was always going to be a gamble. Whilst it is great for marketing (says what it does on the tin) and SEO, it was likely to and did attract criticism from my fellow professionals.
The tide has turned and I think I have now earned a respected place in the profession.
Finally – A special message to my decreasing number of critics ….
I guess you have two choices now.
Keep your derogatory opinions and unfounded criticism coming – it does so spur me on and motivate me to further build CheapAccounting.co.uk into the respected brand that it has become. I guess that is my tenacious nature.
Or you can admit that maybe you are wrong and go away and lick your wounds.
Remember – Opinions are like back sides. We all have them but it is best not to air them in public.
Thank you and have a good week everyone. I know I will!