Sandra scoops Top UK Mentor Award

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Wendy Hallett and Sandra Bigland

Dormen mentor Sandra Bigland has just won one of the UK's top mentoring awards.

The ‘Excellence in Enterprise Mentoring Awards’ ceremony took place at the BT Tower in London on 18th of November. This year, the event focussed on the role that mentoring plays in supporting female owned, or led, businesses. The Award categories were as follows:

  • Growth
  • Start up
  • Export and Innovation
  • Best Mentor
  • Digital Enterprise

Three Dormen mentors were shortlisted amongst the 15 finalists for the awards:

  • Jo Dale, who mentors Ronnie Murray of Diamond Faces (a professional face painting and extreme make up company)
  • Sandra Bigland, who mentors Cheryl Hadland of Hadland Care Group (a care business with 15 nurseries, 9 play clubs and 2 care homes)
  • Angela Rowley, who mentors Georgina Foster of Beauxoxo (a handmade hair accessory business)

The overall winner of the Growth Award was Sandra Bigland, seen above receiving her award from Wendy Hallett, Founder and MD of Hallett Retail. With Sandra’s support, Cheryl’s business has grown and diversified over the last few years and is now approaching an annual income of £9 million. Sandra is also shown below in discussion with Jo Swinson, Minister for Women and Equalities, who attended the ceremony.

For more information about the awards, including the other finalists, click here.