The founder and managing director of redheadPR, Sara Tye, presented and sponsored the Networker of the Year award at the recent South West Business and Community Awards 2018.
The winner was Sian Swift, Business Development
Manager at The Business Exchange Magazine and Sales Manager for the
In a statement on Twitter, Swift said: “It was
wonderful to win. Thank you so much to the team at Purple Lime Accountancy for
the nomination and to all my supporters who have faith in me!”
Swift was one of 16 winners at the awards
ceremony on January 24th, which celebrated the region’s most ambitious,
inspiring and exciting charities, individuals and businesses.
They were entrepreneurs who’d found unique
solutions to their problems, worked unrelentingly to improve their industries
or overcome personal and professional hardship to succeed.
Keynote speaker Monty Halls of TV’s Great
Escapes delivered an inspiring keynote talk, and the evening raised thousands
for charities Swindon 105.5 FM, Prostate Cancer UK and Cherishers.
Tye was given nods for two of the highly
respected regional business awards, in the Lifetime of Achievement and Female
Entrepreneur of the Year categories.
She said: “I was thrilled to be in the running!
Being shortlisted for the Lifetime of Achievement award in particular is hugely
“This year, redheadPR marks 15 years of being in
business. I have worked tirelessly for the past 30 years and it's been
gruelling; from fighting to keep my business going through the 2008 crash, to
moving back to Swindon from London. I'm delighted to be shortlisted for both of
these amazing awards.”
Referring to the networking award her company
presented and sponsored, Tye added: “Congratulations to Sian! Networking is
absolutely fundamental. I wouldn't have got where I am today without it. You
need to build business relationships for a variety of reasons, and I’d always
advise people to look for chances to meet in person. Aim for four hours a week
of networking activity to see the best results.”