Women Mean Business
We are pleased to announce the nomination of our Founder and Director, Janet Viola, as one of the 8 finalists for the Female Entrepreneur of the Year category at the Forward Ladies National Awards Summit 2018, Sponsored by HSBC.
Founded in 1993, and originally based across 5 converted warehouse units at the then Lanterns Court South Quay; Lanterns Arts Nursery and the Lanterns School of the Performing Arts were then joined by the newly opened Lanterns Studio Theatre at their new premises at Great Eastern Enterprise, as part of the ongoing redevelopment of the local area by developers looking to provide new housing to account to meet the growing demand.
With over 25 years of experience providing a key service as part of the Docklands & Canary Wharf Central community and development, and we do hope you will join us in wishing Janet the absolute best of luck at the Awards held in late September.
The Award nomination comes at an auspicious time for Lanterns, as the ownership of the land and development on which the Lanterns is based has recently changed hands, and all future plans and community-based guarantees by Tower Hamlets Council have been called into question after 5 years of campaigning weekly to keep one of the only community arts spaces and childcare providers left on the Isle of Dogs.
The FL National Awards & Summit, now in its 9th year and proudly supported by headline sponsor HSBC UK. The annual National Awards & Summit are designed to recognise and promote the pipeline of female talent in the UK, across a diverse range of industry sectors, which this year is stronger than ever.
In what promises to be an impactful event, Forward Ladies Managing Director Griselda Togobo revealed the names of 73 female business changers in the London and the South region, who will compete across 11 categories, including business, not for profit, technology and more.
Women are not solely responsible for bridging the gender gap in business. So this year, we are delighted to also showcase top ‘male agents of change’ who are championing and leading the drive for diversity and inclusivity in their businesses and the wider community.
“The FL National Awards & Summit will celebrate exceptional women and the contribution they make to the UK economy. Leaders, men and women will be brought together to discuss the transformative role that companies can play to support gender equality and the role a diverse work force will play in advancing UK competitiveness. Events like this are essential as we strive for gender parity and inclusive leadership.
It’s a 100 years since women got the right to vote in the UK, yet female chief executives in the FTSE 100 are still outnumbered by male bosses earning 77 percent more than their female counterparts.
“Outside the boardroom, women have taken on the world of entrepreneurship with both hands and are creating jobs like never before. We’re delighted with the quality and diversity of the applications we received this year from all sectors and from the most diverse backgrounds. A huge congratulations to all of our very well-deserving shortlist. We can’t wait to meet them and are very much looking forward to celebrating and sharing their success.”