We are proud to announce that our Managing Director has been nominated for a Rossendale Business Award!
Rossendale born and bred Alison Ashworth has been nominated for the Enterprising Woman Award which recognises valley business leaders for their strength, independence and confidence in leading businesses to success and who are an inspiration to other women.
“I am delighted to have been nominated for this award. Being a female in business can be difficult but being a female in law can be even harder. Despite women dominating the legal profession at entry level there is a significant drop off when it comes to senior and managerial positions, with only eight women holding senior management positions in the UK’s top 50 law firms in 2015.
I reject that trend and seek to turn it on its head. In February this year, I set up a national law firm which specialises in defending drivers who are facing the possible loss of their driving licence. The firm is made up of an all female panel of Directors, including my mother and friend, Colette Ashworth.
The fact of women missing out on some of the top jobs in the legal profession is a result of a number of factors, including sexism and the reality of women having time off or leaving the profession due to family commitments. I am living proof that it doesn’t need to be that way. I am a single mother who gave birth to my beautiful daughter whilst I was at law school. I’m proof that it is possible to juggle studies with sleepless nights, potty training and teething. I’m proof that it’s possible to rise up to the demands of a training contract (preliminary on-the-job legal training) whilst raising a toddler. I’m proof that it’s possible to set up a successful motoring law department whilst adjusting to the new routine of a child starting school, and I’m proof that it’s possible to set up your own firm and give back to other women in the profession whilst hopefully inspiring them not to give up; letting them know that anything is possible despite whatever circumstance women find themselves in. “
The Rossendale Business Awards will be held at Riverside, Whitworth, Rossendale, Lancashire on Wednesday 09 November 2016.