Friday, September 13, 2013

News: New host for Chamber awards

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Local businesswoman and Channel 4's Fairy Jobmother, Hayley Taylor, will host this year's Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards, taking place in the autumn.

Hayley's TV career started with the filming of three episodes of Fairy Jobmother that aired in 2010 to great acclaim. The show saw Hayley take on the challenge of getting the unemployed of Britain back into work and was quickly followed by an American network signing her up to make eight episodes of the same formatted show for their American audience.

Following on from the success of hosting the show, Doncaster-based Hayley has continued to be in demand appearing on chat and magazine shows for the BBC, Channel 5 and ITV.

Away from the screen, the self-confessed workaholic has been a employment and careers tutor in the local area for 22 years, a role she continues today. This year she launched her second business (an employment consultancy) and continues as a brand ambassador for companies such as Fish4Jobs.

Hayley also works in Doncaster schools and with Sheffield Hallam University and is very much in demand to deliver workshops, motivational and keynote speeches and make personal appearances at colleges and universities, as well as private businesses, dealing with both the unemployed or staff motivation.

Hayley said: "I am incredibly proud to be able to host this year's Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards. As a local girl I am looking forward to celebrating the achievements of our region's businesses, particularly following on from the tough times we have had in industry.

"As a fellow business person I know how challenging times have been and I encourage all those businesses that have flourished, developed, supported our community and explored international trade to come forward to be honoured for what you have achieved!"

The Awards, in association with Bull Information Systems, will recognise the achievements of the region's top businesses at Rotherham's Magna Science Adventure Centre on Friday October 18.

The deadline for entries for the ten award categories has been extended to September 19.

Andrew Denniff, executive director at Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, said: "Following our Means Business Exhibition, we spoke to a number of local businesses who have not yet entered the awards and we have made the decision to give them additional time.

"We have already received some terrific entries and I would encourage any company out there tell us why they deserve to be a winner. Despite the economic difficulties, many businesses in the region are excelling and they ought to have recognition for these achievements.

"All businesses in Barnsley and Rotherham are welcome to enter and there are categories that cater for businesses of all sizes and sectors. I hope that all can join us at the ceremony to celebrate our region’s best and brightest."

Chamber website

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