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Soft Touch Arts Director Crowned Community Champion 2016

Soft Touch Arts Director Crowned Community Champion 2016

What a celebration was had at the Leicestershire Women in Business 2016 awards held at The City Rooms in Leicester! Smallman & Son sponsored the 2016 Community Champion Award, awarded to a very deserving Christina Wigmore at Soft Touch Arts, the award-winning Leicester charity that uses arts, media and music activities to engage and improve the lives of disadvantaged young people.

Christina has been at the heart of the Soft Touch team for 18 years and is currently Business and Strategic Director, responsible for strategic planning and company development. In this important role, she develops new programmes and areas of work and develops relationships and partnerships with both the public and private sector organisations and businesses.

Seeing Christina stepping up to accept the Community Champion Award was a very proud moment for us, since we’ve been so closely involved in Soft Touch Arts on the 2015 £1.1m building refurbishment and extension programme at 50 New Walk with rg+p.

We’re delighted to see Christina’s achievements and contribution recognised and especially so in 2016, Soft Touch’s special 30th Anniversary Year. Congratulations Christina!

Leicestershire Women in Business Awards 2016 winners were:
Community champion, sponsored by Smallman and Son
Christina Wigmore, Soft Touch Arts

Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by BHIB Insurance Brokers
Hilary Devey, of Pall-Ex

Businesswoman of the Year, sponsored by Costco
Ann Stanley, Anicca Digital

Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Torr Waterfield
Jessica Prebble, Tutti Rouge

Innovation, sponsored by Pole Arnold
Lola Ojomo, Pure Homecare

Inspirational Woman of the Year, sponsored by Spearing Waite
Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan, The Zinthiya Trust

Small Business of the Year, sponsored by the FSB
Julie Jordan-Spence, Jordan Motors

Sole Trader, sponsored by Bobby Dhanjal Wealth Management
Karen Smyth, Kalimo Hair Salon

New Business of the Year, sponsored by Eileen Richards Recruitment
Sophie Kelly and Susie Beere, Snooks

Woman in the Public Sector, Weightmans
Sally Healy, Leicestershire Police

Rising Star, sponsored by Search Consultancy
Becky Haq, Sainsburys

Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Leicester College
Sarah Jane Marsden, Leicester City Council