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Enjoying the moment at the Highland Business Women Awards!

As the weekend’s celebrations draw to a close, I thought it only right that I should jot down my thoughts on Friday’s fantastic celebration of inspirational women in the Highlands – including our very own Planit Scotland team.

It has been a tremendously busy year for the Planit Scotland brand, with the team growing from just one person to three (all of whom are women, I might add) in the space of 12 short months.

We have been working on a huge number of projects including the Scottish Design Masters 2017; ‘Pop Up and Play’ alongside Highland Council; the inaugural meeting of the International Society for Economics and Social Sciences of Animal Health (ISESSAH), and the SVEPM Conference & AGM 2017.  As if we weren’t busy enough(!), we are delighted to once again be involved with the Loch Ness Knitting Festival, which this year takes place between 13th – 15th October at the Inverness Ice Centre.

Early 2017 also saw the launch of our ‘7 Steps to Social Media Success’ programme; a short workshop-style programme tailored to individual businesses to work alongside them on their content creation and strategy to ensure optimisation across all platforms.

In the age of social media and SEOs, it’s little wonder that the ‘7 steps’ have been hugely successful amongst local businesses in the Highlands.  Although facing an ever-increasing workload, our newly expanded team have managed to ensure the professional marketing and delivery of the ‘7 steps’ – something which I am extremely grateful for.

Planit Scotland’s activities aside, I was nominated individually in two categories at the Highland Business Women Awards 2017 – a source of great pride for me.  Up for ‘Business Woman of the Year’ and ‘Shining Star’ at this year’s awards, it was a huge honour to share a room with so many talented, influential, and hard-working Highland women on Friday evening.

Although unsuccessful at the awards this year, my spirits are not even close to being dampened.  In fact, quite the opposite is true!  Friday’s awards once again highlight the huge pool of female business leaders and entrepreneurs that drive the Highland economy, and that, for me, is cause enough for celebration.

Congratulations to all those who won awards on the night but also to each and every woman that was shortlisted as a finalist.  It can’t have been an easy task for the judging panel to decide upon the winners in each category when it’s clear that we have so many fantastic and inspirational women to choose from in the Highlands.

To those of you that, like me, didn’t receive an award on the evening, it’s worth remembering that you don’t always need a trophy to receive recognition.  Nobody knows your work better than you do, and nobody can recognise your achievements better than you can.  As the American comedian, actress and writer, Roseanne Barr said:

“The thing women have yet to learn is that nobody gives you power. You just take it”


Above from Left to Right Highland Business Women Finalists: Taking the Plunge, Sandwick Bay Candles, Planit Scotland, Define Style, Exclamation Marketing. (image thanks to Bruce PR)

In case you missed it, the winners at the Highland Business Women Awards 2017 were as follows:

Loch Ness Spirits (New Business of the Year)
The Body Toolkit (Most Enterprising Business)
Birchwood Highland (Team of the Year)
Johnston Carmichael (Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility)
Birchwood Highland (Best Third Sector Organisation) 
Jackie Cuddy (Shining Star) 
Jennifer Hallwood (Business Woman of the Year)

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