Finalists announced for 10th anniversary awards

Finalists for our glittering award ceremony where guests will get the chance to bid for a rare auction item have been announced.

Eight women who work in the Moray area are in the running to claim either the titles of Moray Business Woman of the Year or Most Enterprising Business of the Year at our 10th Anniversary Awards Ball which takes place next month.

But the sky will also be the limit for attendees at the event who will be able to bid for the rare chance to experience the Tornado GR4 simulator at RAF Lossiemouth in a charity auction.

Donna Harper, president of the Club said she was overwhelmed with the quality of entries for the awards and excited to be offering such a great auction prize.

“The calibre of entries this year was phenomenal and it is great to see that we have such a vibrant business community for women and that there are so many women leading the way in their roles whether as an employees or as a business owner. The entries are judged independently and we are looking forward to seeing who takes home the titles on the night.”

Speaking about the main auction lot, she added: “We are absolutely blown away with this prize. We have had some fantastic offers, but this really is a gift that money can’t buy. The Awards ceremony is one of our best attended events of the year and it is open to non-members as well, so if you fancy bidding on this auction lot, you need to get your tickets booked. With the raffle and auction, the awards and the fact we are also marking our 10th Anniversary, as well as raising vital funds for Moray Women’s Aid our nominated charity, we have a lot to be celebrating.”

Former RAF Tornado GR4 Navigator and now Moray Business Woman member Caroline Overton who helped to secure the auction lot said it was very rare for the public to get this opportunity: “Opportunities for the general public to get their hands on this piece of kit are extremely rare, it is not a toy, but real cockpits where real operational training is conducted. As the Tornado GR4 goes out of service in a couple of years, this may be the last chance civilians will ever get to operate a Tornado GR4 simulator.”

The once in a lifetime prize has been offered by Thales, owner and operator of the training complex at RAF Lossiemouth.

Mike Looseley, site training manager at RAF Lossiemouth said: “The Tornado GR4 is a world class ground attack and reconnaissance aircraft and the winner will be able to experience at first hand the capabilities of the aircraft and its weapons systems. This is not a computer game or a fairground attraction; it is the actual simulator used to train the RAF’s front line Tornado crews.”

The Awards ceremony takes place on Saturday 12th November 2016 at the Eight Acres Hotel.

Finalists are: MBW Most Enterprising Business of the Year: Sarah Holmes – Pencil Me In,  Jude Simms – Hellygog, Claire Doughty – Chit Chat PR & Digital.

Moray Business Woman of the Year: Kerry McKay – Purity Health Beauty & Well Being,  Claire Doughty – Chit Chat PR & Digital,  Jacqui Cruickshank – The Ditsy Teacup, Kirsty Watson – Mackenzie Investment Strategies Ltd, Lara Beach – Beach Craft Spirits Ltd, Shelley Waters – Clydesdale Bank.

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