Search for Ayrshire’s top businesswomen

Ayrshire’s leading business group for women is encouraging local businesses, charities and organisations to enter the 2013 Scottish Business Women’s Awards.

To be held in Aberdeen on 27th September, the Awards will this year celebrate a broad spectrum of business types and sizes with categories including Best Start-Up, Best Business-Charity Partnership and Young Inspiring Business Women of the Year.

The annual awards are organised by the Association of Scottish Businesswomen (ASB), with local affiliate the Ayrshire Association of Business Women (AABW) calling on companies, organisations and women from across Ayrshire to celebrate their success and follow in the footsteps of past Ayrshire finalists.

AABW President Liz Cooper said: “Ayrshire is awash with talented, inspirational and creative women, making tangible contributions to both business and public life.

“These national awards are an opportunity to celebrate their work and the positive, entrepreneurial energy which is evident throughout Ayrshire.

“The Scottish Business Women Awards are amongst the finest celebrations of business women north of the border, and last year, AABW was thrilled to have four Ayrshire nominees recognised as runners-up.

“This year, with more categories open to both members and non-members, there are even greater opportunities for Ayrshire to showcase its talents on the national stage.”

Details of how to enter the Awards can be found at, and the closing date for entries is Monday 1st July 2013.

Award categories open to members and non-members include: Most Innovative Start-Up (under 1 year); Young Business of the Year (up to 3 years); Business of the Year (3years +); Best Business-Charity Partnership; Recognition of Outstanding Contribution; Professional of the Year; Best Performing Team of the Year; Young Inspiring Businesswoman of the Year.

There are also further categories open only to ASB and affiliate members:; Most Enterprising Business; Employee of the Year Award

At the 2012 awards, Ayrshire’s Sandra Patterson of KidsBeeHappy, Ada Galloway of Transcribe UK, Wai-yin Hatton of Wai Beyond and Jane McKie of Kilmarnock College were all recognised at the Association of Scottish Business Women Awards ceremony.