Our sponsors

We are delighted to be working with and have the support of our sponsors, all of whom are committed to the growth of businesses in the region, and are passionate about supporting women in the workplace.


Barclays is a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 130,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

We’re taking a proactive approach to promoting gender diversity throughout our organisation and recognise that utilising the talents of women not only helps enrich our perspectives, but helps embed the culture we are building within the organisation. While merit is our only basis for advancement, we actively consider gender diversity when attracting talent, from our future leader programmes to our most senior hires. Women’s Initiative Networks have been established by colleagues all over the world.

That is why we are delighted to once again be supporting the Women in Business Awards as it shines the spotlight on the women at the heart of the local business community.

Vikki Hemming, relationship director at Barclays Corporate, Oxford, said: “These awards proudly recognise the achievements of women across our business community and I am delighted that Barclays continue to be involved. I am passionate about developing future women business leaders and the awards are a way of showing those with aspirations what can be achieved with dedication, resolve and commitment to achieve goals.”


“KPMG is delighted to be supporting the Spotlight on Women in STEM award” says Terri Coughlan, partner for KPMG in the Thames Valley.

“The gender gap within STEM professions is vast. We are now starting to see more girls studying maths, physics and engineering at school and university than ever before, but they are still the minority, and it isn’t reflected enough at more senior levels within organisations. We need great female role models in these industries to be ambassadors to help create a pipeline of female talent in the future. We’re looking forward to meeting the women in the Thames Valley who can be these role models.”

KPMG is a professional service firm that provides audit, tax, and advisory services for family-owned and private equity-backed businesses through to AIM-listed and FTSE 250 companies.

Terri Coughlan

Terri Coughlan, partner,  KPMG in the Thames Valley

Blake Morgan

Law Firm Blake Morgan employs 1000 people, 60% of whom are female.  We’re proud to be a firm with a strong track record of women in partnership and senior management positions with our Board comprising 25% female membership. As a firm, we believe in equality at all levels and fully support the progression of all of our staff and partners, regardless of their gender. We take a proactive approach to gender diversity as part of our equality, diversity and inclusion action plan, and recognise that a culture of acceptance and equality is integral to bringing out the best in our people.

Banking and finance partner Kath Shimmin said: “We are now in our fourth year of supporting the Women in Business Awards. As a business our greatest asset is our people, and if we are to make the most of those assets we need to keep them, nurture them, motivate them and support them to their full potential. Research shows that businesses committed to gender diversity outperform their competitors by 15%. We admire the work of the Women in Business network and its celebration and encouragement of aspiring business women in the south.”

Blake Morgan is a Top 50 UK law firm providing a breadth of legal services across the private and public sectors with a strong regional presence across southern England and Wales. The firm has six offices: Cardiff, London, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading and Southampton.


Kath Shimmin, banking and finance partner, Blake Morgan

Hitachi Capital

At Hitachi Capital (UK) Plc we strongly believe in creating and promoting an inclusive work environment that reflects the society we live in.  By highlighting the achievements of leading female figures  we believe we can encourage more women to pursue or further their career in business, which is why  we are incredibly proud to sponsor these awards and shine a light on the work being done by these individuals.



Kiru Raguraman, head of group change and CEO office at Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC

Sponsorship opportunities

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and to engage with a prosperous network of businesses in the Thames Valley and the South.


Click here to see all of the companies involved with the Women in Business campaign since 2014


Sponsorship opportunities – contact tamsin@elcot.co.uk