Inspiring Business by Sharing Success

Evening celebrates business success

Evening celebrates business success

An over 50s all-female punk band from Leicester was among the inspirational achievers who were celebrated at the fourth Ladies First Network Business Awards.

More than 300 people assembled at Coombe Abbey on Thursday (March 24th) for the glittering awards ceremony, hosted by BBC radio presenter Sandra Godley.

Winners were revealed across 30 categories ranging from Rising Stars, Young Achievers and Excellence Education through to Woman of Achievement, Woman of Courage, Advocate for Women and Lifetime Achievement.

They were selected from more than 270 nominations across the UK by a panel of 18 judges at a special event in Coventry last month.

Picking up the Advocate for Women Award were The Verinos, made up of five Leicester musicians who formed a band last year.

Member Ruth Miller (a.k.a. ‘Vim Verino’), said:

“We formed a band, including three women who had never done anything like that before, and made an impact very quickly.”

Reacting to their award, Ruth added:

“We were so thrilled even to be nominated for this award. As a garage punk band made up of beginner women with an average age of 55, we started for fun, thinking it would be a cool new hobby. Now we’ve found that loads of other women want to learn to play too so we’ve been helping them.

“When our name was announced as the winner on Thursday, we all screamed and ran up to the stage together in a quite undignified way, but we don’t care!”

The Ladies First awards marked a return to a live event following the pandemic, while also raising £4,000 for two West Midlands charities, St Basils and Suited For Success, through an auction and raffle.

Special guests included Nurse May Parsons – the nurse who administered the first ever covid vaccination in Coventry and former member of The Drifters, Roy Hemmings.

Key Note speakers were Louise Oliver, President of The British Association of Women Entrepreneurs and Nicola Smyth, owner of Nicola Smyth Hair Salons and last year’s Business Woman of the Year.

Awards organiser and Ladies First Network Leader, Tracey McTamney, said after the event:

“I am absolutely buzzing from such an uplifting evening, celebrating the achievements of women, men and talented young ladies from the age of 10, whilst also raising funds for our Charities Suited for Success & St Basils.

“I was delighted in particular to acknowledge the wonderful work of unsung community hero’s, Christine Eade and Sarah Laughton from The Pod Café and John Coote & AJ Evans from Coventry Comfort Carers Homeless Outreach Project – these people support those suffering from mental health issues and homelessness on a daily basis.”

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