Westwood Rocks and Lebeado scoop prizes at awards

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Directors receive accolade at Specsavers everywoman in Retail Awards.

Two women from the jewellery industry, Westwood Rocks managing director Lauren Westwood and Lebeado director Kate Watkin, were winners at the 2010 Specsavers everywoman in Retail Awards last night.

Westwood won the ‘Stars of the Future’ category and Watkin beat off fierce competition to become ‘Entrepeneur of the Year.’

The Specsavers retail awards was started by everywoman, the UK’s largest network for women in business, to inspire women in retail, who make up 60 percent of the workforce and less than five percent of senior management positions.

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Categories include: ‘Star of the Future’ for a young woman striding ahead in her career, ‘Entrepeneur of the Year’, ‘Innovator of the Year’, ‘Hidden Talent of the Year’ and ‘Leader of the Year’; an award for a woman heading a team, department or business successfully.

everywoman co-founder and director Maxine Benson, MBE said: “With the UK coming out of recession, it is important to champion the women that possess the skills necessary to ensure organisations can continue to thrive. Through highlighting the female stars in the sector, these awards prove to other women that retail is a viable and rewarding career option. These are really inspirational women and we want to encourage more females to consider careers in retail.”

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