Moray’s business women recognised at awards ball

From left: Samantha Dowdall who won Business Woman of the Year, the MWA tartan Trekkers Rosie Menzies, Elaine Adam, Elle Johnston, Susan Longmuir and Marie Smith who won Team of the Year and Sarah Frame O’Hare who won Most Enterprising Business and Member of Achievement.

BUSINESS women from around Moray have been recognised in a glittering awards ceremony which also raised thousands of pounds for a local charity.

Moray Business Women’s Club held its annual ball in the Eight Acres Hotel in Elgin on Saturday, hosted by Jock Gibson of Macbeth’s butcher and game dealer.

The event, which included a raffle and auction and raised over £4000 for Moray Foodbank which is the organisation’s 2017 charity and the business group is now on the search for their 2018 cause.

The event also celebrated the success and contribution of women in business from across the region.

Business Woman of the Year

Samantha Dowdall, former general manager of Fochabers-based Christies Garden Centre and now retail director of Inverurie Garden Centre scooped the award for Business Woman of the Year, sponsored by Faith Simpson Accountants.

Whilst founder of Strategy Cards Sarah Frame O’Hare took home two gongs, Member of Achievement which is voted by fellow Moray business women and Most Enterprising Business sponsored by Highland Occasions By Design.

Sarah will now go through as Moray’s representative to the Association of Scottish Businesswomen Business awards next year.

A new category for 2017 – Team of the Year, sponsored by AJ Engineering & Construction Services –  was won by MWA Tartan Trekkers who took on the challenge of trekking across the Sahara raising £25000 for Moray Women’s Aid.

Charity support

Marie Smith. President of Moray Business Women’s Club said: “The ball was a sell-out event and it was great to see such a diverse group of businesses being represented. Huge congratulations to all of our finalists and the winners.”

She added: “Over the last year we have been supporting Moray Foodbank and we are delighted that in one single night we have raised well over £4000. Throughout the year we have been fundraising at each of our events and we will be announcing the final total at our AGM in December. However, this of course means we are now on the lookout for our 2018 charity.”

Application forms to nominate a charity are available here.  They must be emailed to the Club’s Charity Champion Kirsty Watson at by midnight on Friday 8th December 2017.

The shortlisted applicants will be invited to pitch in person at the club’s Charity Launch in early January 2018.

Marie added: “Last year we raised £7000 for Moray Women’s Aid, the previous year £9000 for Lucy’s Fight and this year we are well on the way to a healthy cheque for Moray Foodbank. We would urge any local charities to give it a go. It’s not just about the money that is raised but through our networks we are also able to help raise the profiles of the charities that we represent.”

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