5th December 2008
Loraine announced as the winner of a Bath Business Women’s Association Award.

Loraine with Bob Crampton and Alice Ellis of BBWA receiving award
Loraine with Bob Crampton and Alice Ellis of BBWA receiving the award

On the 5th December the Bath Business Women's Association held their first awards ceremony. Nearly 150 members and their guests attended an awards lunch at the Bath Spa Hotel to see Carol Spalding take two honours.

Mrs Spalding collected the BBWA Business Woman of the Year 2008 award from Lizzie Heffer, head of marketing at law firm Thring Townsend Lee & Pembertons, which sponsored the event. She then took the Most Inspirational Woman in Business title as well. Mrs Spalding has worked at Clarksons Independent Funeral Directors in Lower Weston since 2001, and bought the firm four years ago. She says her breadth of experience, combined with the company's independence from any national chain, means that she and her team are able to offer a high level of personal attention. Mrs Spalding takes a hands-on role and was unable to stay to pick up her second award, as she was looking after a funeral that afternoon. The award citation paid tribute to "her dedication to her job, her wonderful nature and great humour". She said she was "totally amazed but extremely delighted" to win the awards. She said of her approach to her customers: "They get very personal attention. It's just about caring."

Other winners: Celia Mannings Photography for Best Start Up Business, Tessa Kirby, of Energy by Tessa, which took the BBWA Innovation Award, Beverley Lee, of The Clothes Horse, and Amanda Farrell, from Drop Dead Gorgeous, who shared the BBWA Best Marketing Campaign, and Loraine Morgan- Brinkhurst, from Morgan- Brinkhurst Consultancy, took the BBWA Community Award.

Bob Crampton, from ITV West, was the compere for the event which was organised by Julie Cooper, the vice chairman of BBWA, and her company FAB!

Chronicle editor Sam Holliday, who presented the marketing award, said he was delighted to have been involved both as a judge and a presenter, and felt that it was important to highlight and celebrate the diverse businesses run by women in the Bath area.

The association plans to hold an award event every year. For more information on the BBWA vistit their website at


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