The First Women Awards in association with Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets were founded in 2004 by the CBI (The Voice of Business) and Real Business magazine and celebrates women that are trailblazers and leading pioneers in business and those who have gone from strength to strength to achieve the position they are in today. Categories range from Manufacturing, Science, Public Sector, Finance, Media, Retail, Property and Tourism and Leisure and other nominees include inspirational women such as famous interior designer Kelly Hoppen; Glenys Berd, the entrepreneur who brought Masai Barefoot Technology shoes to Britain; the Head of the British Property Federation Elizabeth Peace CBE and Sara Murray, creator of the first-ever “BratNav” child-tracking system.
Having qualified from Bristol in 1988 with her LLB Honours, and as a solicitor in 1990, Ritu Sethi set up The Sethi Partnership Solicitors in West London in May 1994. She quickly began to achieve outstanding results for clients and went on to set up the first one-stop property shop in Harrow. After facing many hurdles along her business career, Ritu’s firm began to grow with numbers of staff and clients increasing. The firm advise on a wide range of legal services from Criminal Law; Employment; Business; Immigration to Divorce and Child Care, Wills and Probate. In May 1999, Sethi Partnership Solicitors was the first legal practice to be awarded Investors in People and Lexcel-The Law Society’s practice management quality standard and is now often used as a role model firm for other law firms.
In November 2000, Ritu Sethi won the Asian Business Owner of the Year Award and in 2007 was a finalist for the Professional of the Year at the Asian Achievers Awards and the Professional Excellence Jewel Award .Ritu Sethi, married to Sudhir Sethi, Director of Abbacus Computers Ltd and mother -of- two teenage children is also a chat show host of T.V programme ‘Chai with Ritu.’ She won an award for professional services in the category of Law/Judiciary by the Indian International Foundation in May 2007 and is also taking part in Walk the Walk, a 13 mile walk that starts at midnight on Sat 17th May at Hyde Park to raise money for Breast Cancer research. Ritu Sethi says:
“Being nominated for this award is such an honour and I am impressed to have been selected alongside such a fine calibre of great women and finalists. I hope that being nominated as the only Asian Woman in my catergory; I can highlight that with hard work and great determination Asian Women are also achieving at high levels of business.”
Among this year’s hopefuls in the Business Services category are Sally Norcross, partner at Clarke Willmott; Suzanne Liversidge, Managing partner of Sheffield Office at Halliwells LLP; Moira Elms, UK Management Board Member for Marketing and Communication at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Sacha Romanovitch, HR Leader at Grant Thornton.
The Prime Minister’s wife and Patron of the Awards Sarah Brown commented:
“For me, what’s so inspirational about the First Women Awards is that they celebrate pioneering women; successful role-models who have broken new ground and opened up opportunities for other women.”
The Awards Ceremony takes place on Wednesday June 11th at the Marriott Grosvenor Square with more then 500 of the UK’s most pioneering entrepreneurs and businesswomen attending.