Applegate at the 2016 WIBAs

Applegate at the 2016 WIBAs

25th Oct, 2016

Earlier this month, members of the Applegate Properties gang travelled up to Newcastle for the 2016 Forward Ladies’ ‘Women in Business Awards’ (WIBAs).

We were shortlisted for the emerging SME of the year category – one of eleven awards that were presented on the day, to recognise talented women across Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland.

Our office manager Lisa Blackburn and lettings account manager Gwen Kaye represented team Applegate, where they enjoyed a fun-packed day of celebrations.

On arrival, the ladies were handed a glass of champagne, shortly before having their photos taken, and then being seated for a delicious 3-course lunch. They were even given a goodie bag to take away with them, filled with gifts from generous sponsors and nominees!

And, although we weren’t presented with an award, it was still a great, motivating day. For example, Dr Christine Bailey, an independent marketing consultant who was named in B2B Marketing's 2016 list of ‘Top 10 Most Influential Women in Martech’, delivered a keynote speech.

Lisa commented: “Christine was incredibly inspiring. One of the main points I took away from the day was a quote that she presented, from Tom Hanks: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it was easy, everyone would do it”.

“I took a photo of the slide and sent it to everyone in the office – it really reminded me about why we set out to do things differently at Applegate!”

Even though we didn’t win, we’re certainly no stranger to awards! Applegate was announced as the ‘Bronze Regional Agency of the Year’ at the Negotiator Awards and ‘Letting Agent of the Year’ at the allAgents Awards in 2015. Our managing director Amy Wray also scored ‘Young Business Person of the Year’ at the Huddersfield Examiner Business Awards only 12 months ago.

And we’re shortlisted yet again for the Negotiator Awards in 2016 – fingers crossed for another win!

Lisa concluded: “Independent industry recognition such as this acts as a huge ‘pat on the back’ for our hard working team. We’ve big plans for 2017, so hope we might be recognised by award schemes such as the WIBAs next year too.”

The WIBAs were sponsored by HSBC, and other categories included ‘Inspiring Leader of the Year’, ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ and ‘Retail Business of the Year’.

The judging panel included Debra White, Regional Director of Small Businesses for HSBC, Ajaz Ahmed, the founder of Freeserve, Helen Samuels from United Utilities and Saha Hashemi, founder of Coffee Republic.

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