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Edward Chapman – YP ambassador

 

The networking event at Heartlands this week was well-attended, as usual, but had an above-average quota of award-winning businesses!

Three of those present represented organisations which had won an award in the last week, so we made sure to celebrate them on the day, and feature them here for the rest of the network to share.

Left to right, Jessica Penaluna of Rewind Radio, Sophpie Alway of Georgia’s Voice and Francesca Hampshaw of Peaky Digital. Photo by Dave Scoffin Photography

Francesca Hampshaw, Assistant Marketing and Communications Manager at Peaky Digital was the first person we spoke to. Natalie Temple, owner of Peaky Digital won Employer of the Year at the Westcountry Women Awards, held on 3 December. Francesca explained that the team has grown from three people, when Natalie set it up six years ago, to now 18 people. Many of them are young graduates, and Natalie has worked hard to create a great working environment for her team. If you look at her website, there are three dogs listed as team members, Phoebe (Head of wellbeing), Diggory (Pup-lic relations manager) and Sven (Barketing executive) as well as her human team.

The team at Peaky were on Facebook to celebrate their boss's good news, saying:
 

“Massive congratulations, Natalie! The team wouldn’t be what it is without you. What an incredible celebration not just of our own brilliant MD, but also the amazing women changing the industry all across the West Country.”

 

Also at the Westcounty Women Awards was our next winner, Sophie Alway, founder of the charity Georgia’s Voice. Sophie won the Phoenix award, for her work setting up Georgia’s Voice, named in honour of Sophie’s daughter. Georgia died by suicide, due to mental health issues, near the start of the pandemic, and Sophie set up the charity to provide services to young women like her, aged 18-25, who needed support. It now provides a number of free support groups and activities supporting positive mental health, and helps pay for therapy for young women in Cornwall needing someone to talk to.

Sophie said:

"Thank you to the wonderful young lady from our support groups who nominated me, you know who you are, and it made winning this award even more meaningful! Georgia’s Voice is so special to me, not only is it Georgia’s legacy, but I truly believe we are already having an impact on the suicide rates here in Cornwall, I don’t do this alone. I have a whole team of inspiring, passionate women working with me to make Georgia’s Voice the success it is, I’m so thankful to each and every one of you!! we will keep working just as hard until the suicide rate in our young women is zero"

 

The third winner on Tuesday was Rewind Radio, represented by Jessica Penaluna, their Media Consultant. Rewind was set up by Richard Woods, Jamie Reed and Shaun Ford in 2021, and won Start-up Business of the Year. It has managed to build an audience of more than 60,000 listeners per week, and has a great reputation already for supporting both local businesses and charities to reach new customers or supporters.

Richard Woods, Managing Director of Rewind Radio, said
“The award is really for the team. Their hard work and dedication has been amazing and I’m truly proud of them all. The team have done an immense job of looking after the clients and helping to build our listeners, by looking after these we are building strong foundations for a real LOCAL radio station.”

Of course, within Your Partnerships there is opportunity for everyone to be an award-winner. Our own annual awards night is currently open for nominations (closing 16 January) and anyone can nominate a Your Partnerships member in one of our 19 categories. Nominate someone here.

Our awards will be presented at our Fifth Anniversary gala dinner at Boringdon Park Golf Club on 25 March 2023. You can find out more, and book your tickets here, but hurry – there aren’t many left!

 

Blog by Hannah Danson of HD Words