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'The Pride of Suffolk': Karen Hester Wins First Women Business of the Year for Adnams

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

First Women Awards Winner 2013 logoHuge congratulations from all of us here at Adnams to Karen Hester, our Operations Director, who received the 2013 First Women Business of the Year Award at a fabulous London event hosted by BAFTA-winning broadcaster Clare Balding. The First Women Awards, in association with Lloyds Banking Group, were created by Real Business and the CBI to recognise trailblazing women whose achievements open opportunities for others. Adnams was recognised both for its innovation and for how it has fostered its female employees in a traditional sector. Below are the judges' comments: Karen (right) with Fiona Cannon, Lloyds Banking Group Director."This year, we recognise a British mid-sized business, and one of its leading women. The judges met this woman in our interviews. Not only did they think she was fabulous, but they felt that her employer deserved praise. Under the supervision of out candidate, the business has created one of the UK's most energy-efficient buildings. It also launched the UK's first carbon-neutral beer! Evidence indeed of innovation. What our judges also loved was this company's investment in people and, particularly, tonight's candidate, who has risen from office cleaner to operations director, running day-to-day operations at a 300-employee business. She arrived at the business after overcoming traumatic personal experiences. Today, she looks after 16 senior managers, ten of whom are women - demonstrating how she, too, champions other women in her workforce. if more businesses spotted and nurtured such talent, and put it to such powerful use, the UK economy would be strong indeed. This woman, and this business, really are the pride of Suffolk." Amazing First Women Award winners - well done to you all!Adnams Chief Executive, Andy Wood, comments: "I am extremely proud of Karen, who is an inspiration to us all. The award shows just what can be achieved at Adnams with the culture we have." You can read more here and see the full winners' list on the Real Business website here.

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