Drakes leading ladies nominated for biz awards

Monique Hirshman and Pauline Yearley in the running for prizes.

Drakes director Monique Hirshman and Drakes employee Pauline Yearley have been nominated for a local business award in Plymouth, celebrating their entrepreneurialism and customer service.

The Herald Business Awards 2013 are being coordinated by Plymouth newspaper, The Herald, with an awards ceremony due to take place on April 25.

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Hirshman has been nominated for the Entrepreneur of the Year category while Yearley, an ambassador for the store, has been nominated for the Customer Care & Service award.

Ian Wood, editor of The Herald, said: “The Herald Business Awards presents Plymouth with an annual opportunity to celebrate and reward the businesses and individuals who are helping to drive this wonderful city forward, economically, culturally and socially, towards its goal of becoming Europe’s premier waterfront destination.

"During the past two years the awards have highlighted the vast range of Plymouth’s enterprises, across the manufacturing and service sectors, and lauded many of the city’s prime success stories."

Yearley joined Drakes as a teenager in the role of sales assistant, excelling in a customer service role to become Drakes’ first female store manager. She has worked for Drakes for 36 years and recently announced her retirement, set for April 9.

Hirshman is the granddaughter of Drakes founder Harry Hirshman. She joined the company as a Saturday girl before going full time in 1985. In 2005 she became a director alongside her brother Andrew Hirshman.

Under Monique Hirshman’s direction, Drakes has grown from two to nine stores in the past five-and-a-half years. The Drakes portfolio includes stores in Plymouth, No.1 King Street in Truro, the Swarovski store in Plymouth and Bournemouth and Pandora store in Plymouth, Exeter, Swindon and Bournemouth. The company is also set to open a Pandora store in Taunton.





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