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Merseyside woman join North West Family Business Awards judging panel

Sheena McDermott from Merseyside is joining the judges for the inaugural North West Family Business Awards 2020.

North West Programme Manager for Be the Business, Sheena joins a panel of business experts from the North West who will be judging the awards which champion and represent family businesses from all sectors and all sizes based in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Cumbria.


Be the Business is a non-profit organisation which help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) raise their performance and productivity with support for the UK’s most successful businesses including John Lewis and Partners, Amazon, BAE Systems and Lloyds Banking Group.


Sheena is working closely with businesses across the North West of England including many family firms.


Sheena is also a Trustee of the Neo Community, tackling food insecurity. As a Change Management Specialist, she has experience working across the private, public and voluntary sectors.


Sheena said: “I am delighted to be part of the judging panel for the North West Family Business Awards, as our mission at Be the Business is to encourage companies large and small to work together and share expertise that will help make the UK’s businesses more productive.


“These awards are an important part of raising the profile of family businesses which play a vital part in our economy.”


Founder and Co-Director of The Family Business Network, Sue Howorth said: “We are delighted to have Sheena on the judging panel. Sheena and Be the Business are great supporters of family businesses, and her experience makes her the perfect judge for the North West Family Business Awards.


“Sheena’s experience working closely with small and medium-sized businesses across the North West brings a great deal of knowledge and insight to the panel.


“Sheena joins a strong team of judges, who we would like to thank for their commitment to The Family Business Network.”


Co-Director of The Family Business Network, Dave Clarkson added: “Sheena has the insight and experience that will be invaluable to the judging panel for the awards.


“Celebrating the successes of family businesses is important to us, to help raise the profile of the sector and champion those individuals involved.


“We were able to do this through the creation and running of the Cumbria Family Business Awards which have taken place annually since 2017. Many of the businesses who took part in the awards have told us how beneficial the process has been to their brand awareness, and business growth through their achievements being recognised.


“In 2020 these awards evolve into our inaugural North West Family Business Awards, which aim to provide an opportunity for North West family firms to share and celebrate their successes.


“Businesses can either be nominated or can enter themselves, however, you’ll have to act quickly as the closing date of 16 January 2020 is fast approaching.


“For companies looking to support and associate with the sector or simply be a part of the event, we offer a range of opportunities through partnership and sponsorship of the awards.”


Taking place on Friday 6th March, the awards will take off in true first-class style, under the wings of Concorde at The Manchester Airport Runway Visitor Park. Entries are open to businesses located in Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire or Cumbria that have at least two family members working within them.

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