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UCLan marketeer named county’s top female networker

Gail Simpson wins Lancashire Business Award

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) employee has been officially commended for her dedication to building professional networks within the county’s business community.

Gail Simpson, Senior Officer in the University’s Business Communications and Engagement team, was named Female Networker of the Year 2018 at the 10th annual Lancashire Business Awards held by Downtown Lancashire in Business.

More than 200 people joined together to celebrate the county’s most successful business leaders at a gala dinner held at the Stanley House Hotel & Spa, where Gail collected her award.

Other accolades handed out on the night included Employer of the Year, Business of the Year, Contribution to Lancashire and the CEO Award.

Gail said: “I am delighted to have been awarded Female Networker of the Year at this year’s Lancashire Business Awards."

Networking is an important part of forming relationships, which generates new contacts and connections, helps to raise profiles and creates opportunities in business.

“I enjoy attending the many events held across Lancashire, meeting new people and finding out about the great work being done in the business community, so it’s fantastic to have been recognised with this award.”

Sam Whitear, Group Commercial Director at The Samuel James Group: “I was delighted to present the Downtown in Business 2018 Female Networker of the Year award, sponsored by Business Lancashire, to Gail Simpson.

“Gail is an amazing networker and a core driver of the networking scene across Lancashire. Her hard work and ability to turn a brief encounter into a genuine business opportunity, certainly impressed the judges.

“I wish her all the best for the future and I’m sure this is the first of many awards she will win throughout her career.”


Gail Simpson with Sam Whitear

Press Office | 12 July 2018