Sponsor profiles 2017-08-25T15:43:38+00:00

The Women in Business Sponsors


“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, partner,  KPMG in the Thames Valley

Windsor Vehicle Leasing –  We’re Driving Change

“The motor industry has a reputation for traditionally being rather male dominated so we jumped at the chance to work with The Business Magazine on this really exciting initiative, which we hope will not only support and inspire women in the business arena but also challenge this outdated perception. Our tagline is ‘We’re driving change’ so our involvement really embraces that core value of our business” says Julia Cossins, marketing for WVL.

As a family owned business we are extremely proud to be sponsoring the Women in Business Awards for the second year in a row.

Steeped in motoring tradition and pedigree (we were granted a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty the Queen in 1955 as automobile engineers supplying motoring services to the Royal Family), and with expertise and customer service second to none, our team at WVL are best placed to advise on vehicle leasing options – and, being fully independent ensures that all advice given is impartial and unbiased. We’re forward thinking, too: embracing the latest technologies, social media and digital connectivity – an ethos reflected in our tagline: ‘We’re driving change’.

Windsor Vehicle Leasing comprises a small yet highly skilled team, with a wealth of industry experience gained through supplying and maintaining cars and commercial vehicles at both consumer and business levels, with thousands of leased vehicles on the road, including those of some of the nation’s largest fleet-reliant companies.

WVL are unique in the vehicle leasing industry for offering a real alternative to the large, impersonal leasing chains rather than an internet broker with a call centre offering, we are based in Windsor, Berkshire, with a physical showroom where you can come and see us and talk face-to-face – it’s this that makes us so special. We strive to build long term relationships with our customers by offering a personal and individual service and by getting our customers the best possible car leasing deals to meet their needs, whether that’s short term or long term, for personal or business use.




Julia Cossins, Marketing for WVL

Julia Cossins, marketing for WVL


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.”




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

Ten2Two – Part-Time Professionals, Rich Talent, Affordable Cost

Ten2Two is passionate about helping professionals find rewarding, challenging part-time and flexible roles and part of our work involves talking to businesses about the skills and benefits they can tap into and make use of by considering alternatives to full-time only roles.   Whilst we are not a female only organization, the majority of our candidates are women looking to find a role that fits around current commitments.  

Having just launched our campaign – #ThinkFlexWorks – we are working hard to raise awareness in Hampshire about the positive impact that changing a hiring policy to include considering part-time and flexible hours can have on our businesses.  Louise Boardman, Ten2Two Hampshire, says ‘It has been fantastic to have the opportunity to get involved in the Women In Business Awards 2017 for the first time – being able to celebrate and champion both businesses and professional women who are changing the workplace for the good in so many different ways is something we are really passionate about.’ 

Ten2Two is a unique resourcing agency, focusing on the recruitment of professional part-time and flexible roles for all sizes of business across a wide range of business sectors and professions. Often returning to the workplace after a break, we hear daily how hard it is to find a role that is local, makes use of hard earned skills and enables them to contribute to the growth of a business. 

Whether a business needs great experience on an affordable part-time basis or an interim or contract professional to fill a gap or complete a project – Ten2Two can help.

Louise Boardman

Louise Boardman, Ten2Two Hampshire