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Local entrepreneur shortlisted for exceptional women award

Inspirational entrepreneur, Isabella Moore CBE, has been shortlisted for a national award designed to recognise and promote female talent in the UK.

The Co-Director and Chair of COMTEC Translations, based in Leamington Spa, has been named as a regional finalist in the FL National Awards & Summit 2018.

The awards are staged by Forward Ladies, a global network which works with some of the biggest names in business to connect women to opportunities, networks and expertise to help them achieve their aspirations.

Now in their ninth year, the awards’ aim is to showcase and celebrate exceptional women and the contribution they make to the UK economy.

Isabella joins two other finalists in the Diversity Champion of the Year category which recognises women who have a track record in mentoring and developing future leaders of industry.

In 1982, Isabella founded COMTEC, a leading company providing technical translation and multilingual interpreting services to exporters in the manufacturing, engineering and computer software industries.  Having sold the successful business in 2002, she re-acquired it, at the age of 60, with her daughter, Sophie, in 2007.

Isabella also became the first female President of the British Chambers of Commerce and Vice-President of the Association of European Chambers of Commerce.

Describing herself as an older entrepreneur, Isabella has used the challenges she experienced herself to complete ground-breaking research at Aston University Business School into why twice as many men aged over 50, than women, start a business in later life.  While entrepreneurial activity among the 50-64 age group is increasing in the UK, the gap between the male and female rate of venture creation is widening.

Her findings have led to a call for wider recognition of the benefits which the untapped skills and experience of older businesswomen can bring to the economy.

Isabella’s aim is to influence policy makers and practitioners involved in the design of business support programmes to ensure that the voice of older women is heard.

A panel of leading entrepreneurs, including Sahar Hashemi Founder of Coffee Republic and Linda Plant of The Apprentice, will now judge the shortlisted applicants in the FL National Awards, with the winners announced at an awards lunch at The Hyatt in Birmingham in October.

Isabella commented:

“I am delighted to have made the shortlist.  The FL National Awards are designed to encourage the growth of women, which is something I am passionate about.

“Older businesswomen have the potential to create considerable wealth for the UK economy, but the social pressure to conform to more conventional roles means they are sometimes reluctant entrepreneurs.  Awards such as these play a key role in building their confidence and recognising the huge contribution they are making.”

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