David vs Goliath - The Wait for Businesswoman of the Year Announcement - 30th September

Well the panel selecting the Businesswoman of the Year are announcing their finalists this afternoon, ahead of Thursdays interviews where they will pick the winner. They were supposed to announce last week but emailed to say, ‘due to the quality of this year’s nominees the decision has taken longer than expected’. I am heartened by the fact they need another meeting to decide, it means I can bask in the sunshine of the nomination a little longer!  I am of course delighted (and proud) for my achievements to be recognised and pleased to have been nominated (both for me and the people that have helped with all the projects) but do feel rather like David facing Goliath when I read about previous winners – last year’s winner Emma Elston had a turnover of eight million and both The Apprentice’s Karren Brady and Dragons Den’s Hillary Deven are previous recipients of the award! I did write initially to say I couldn’t accept the nomination – it has been a good year but eight million… and they wrote back to say – we think you’ve achieved a lot, please do accept – and because I am always pushing other women to recognise their strengths and be proud of their achievements I thought I would be rather hypocritical not to fill in the form. So I did. And now a little bit of me wants to be David, who of course beat Goliath…