Clitheroe woman in running for Business Woman of the Year title

SAFETY FIRST: Sarah Goodall, founder of The Athena Programme
SAFETY FIRST: Sarah Goodall, founder of The Athena Programme
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COMPANY founder Sarah Goodall is in the running for a Business Woman of the Year title with her Clitheroe-based safeguarding specialists, The Athena Programme.

Her award-winning company, with its office in Lowergate, offers training and consultancy services for the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and has trained more than 4,000 people across the UK.

Sarah has now been shortlisted in Enterprise Vision Awards (EVAs) as her company celebrates its fifth year in business.

The EVA awards were created in association with the women’s business network Pink Link Ladies Ltd, which operates female-only business networks throughout the North West. The awards recognise women in the North West who are inspiring others by running their own businesses or who are at the forefront of their profession.

The Business Woman of the Year accolade rewards initiative, excellent leadership and entrepreneurial accomplishments. The winner will also have contributed to changing the perception of women in the workplace and be a role model to others.

Sarah, who lives in Whalley, was training manager for Wigan Safeguarding Children Board before going it alone. She now has a staff of five, plus six associates.

Delighted at making EVA shortlist, she said: “It feels fantastic to have been recognised by the EVA team, because of what the awards represent – successful women in business.

“At Athena we have worked tirelessly for the past five years to ensure we deliver the highest quality service, and making the shortlist shows we are gaining a reputation of being a first-class provider. I couldn’t be happier.”

The next stage of the judging process includes individual interviews where each candidate will be awarded points.

Athena clients and members of the public can vote for her through the EVA website at: www.enterprisevisionawards.co.uk

Winners will be announced at an awards evening at Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green, Blackpool on 14 September 2012.