Managing director of cabinet door design and manufacturer Fennel UK, Deborah Smith has won the SME (emerging) category at the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards 2016, sponsored by HSBC.

Fennel uk debra white of hsbc with deborah smith and beccy barr

Debra White of HSBC with Deborah Smith and Beccy Barr

Managing director of cabinet door design and manufacturer Fennel UK, Deborah Smith has won the SME (emerging) category at the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards 2016, sponsored by HSBC.

Lancashire-based Deborah won the award, which is aimed at companies with fewer than ten employees, after taking over the business that was previously failing before turning it around into a profitable company.

The regional final was held at a celebration lunch at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Manchester with winners now going forward to the grand national finals to be held on the 1 December 2016.

Griselda Togobo, MD of Forward Ladies said: “This has been a fantastic year for women; we continue to start, grow and run high profile successful companies. We have been surprised and delighted by the number and calibre and diversity of the applications we have received for the Women in Business Awards 2016, and look forward to celebrating their success.”

Debra White customer experience director for business banking for HSBC and awards judge said: “There was an impressive number of high-calibre entries this year, highlighting the quality of talented businesswomen we have in the UK. HSBC will be providing support to help these businesses prosper and thrive in the long term.”

The organisation, founded in 1999, supports women in their professional lives and celebrates and champions the role of women in the workplace.