With a new female prime minister, eight women cabinet ministers, and a new female chair of Institute of Directors, British politics and businesses are trailblazing for women in leadership.

This is how Forward Ladies opened their press release announcing the shortlist for their 2016 #WIBA National Women in Business Awards.

Forward Ladies was established in 1999, to unblock potential in professional women, creating an environment and community where women could feel heard, seen and able to upskill and develop themselves.

We have been celebrating here at terptree HQ – as our very own Victoria has been shortlisted as a Finalist for the Emerging SME category in London and the South of England.

Forward Ladies National Women In Business Awards 2016

Griselda Togobo, MD of Forward Ladies said: “This has been a fantastic year for women; we continue to start, grow and run high profile successful companies.”Victoria said “It was a complete delight to hear that I have been shortlisted, considering that this year has attracted the highest number of entries ever received. This is not just a win for terptree – but a win for the deaf community and the ability to further reach our mission of Changing the World for Deaf People. We are now able to use this as a springboard to educate and empower deaf and hearing people to make a real impact on the everyday.”

As a result of being shortlisted, Victoria and terptree will receive tailored business support from HSBC and a full ICT review from Microsoft.

This is the second time Victoria has been recognised this month – being awarded with the Entrepreneur of the Month Award July 2016 from the Entrepreneurs Circle. It looks like Victoria is on a roll!

Debra White Regional Director of Small Businesses for HSBC said “There was an impressive number of high-calibre entries this year, highlighting the quality of talented businesswomen we have here in the UK. These entrants are the future entrepreneurs of our country.”

The regional final is on 16th September in London, and we will certainly be keeping our fingers crossed for Victoria!