A BUSINESSWOMAN from Stratford has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.
Jo Stroud, who founded Fabulous jewellery in 2005, has been named as a finalist in the 34th annual Businesswoman of the Year Award. Her company has stores in Leamington, Solihull and Bath.
The award programme – which also includes a Woman of Achievement Award – is one of the longest established in Britain and the largest event of its kind to take place outside London. It exists to highlight and celebrate women’s successes in business and society, promoting role models and inspiring women to reach their potential.
This year’s award ceremony is tonight (Friday) at the NEC and Jo will be up against five other businesswomen from across the country.
They include Anne Carlisle (Falmouth University), Jacqueline O’Donovan (O’Donovan Waste Disposal), Rivka Rose (Faith in Nature), Carla Tully (AES UK & Ireland) and Katherine Bennett (Airbus).
Previous winners of the award include Baroness Karren Brady.
Awards chair Judy Groves said: “The nominations we have received this year have been incredible and highlight the fantastic work women are undertaking in industry the length and breadth of the country.
“Our final shortlist includes women from a range of business backgrounds – from retail to IT.
“Whoever wins will know they have truly come up against some outstanding finalists, all of whom should act as an inspiration to other women looking to forge a career in an industry of their choosing.”