Amy Cunningham of The Strings Club from Birmingham makes regional awards shortlist as Social Entrepreneur of the Year at this year’s Forward Ladies Awards.

Now in its ninth year, the Awards have grown from being purely regional into one of the most prestigious events in the calendar for professional women. The organisation, founded in 1999, supports women in their professional lives and celebrates and champions the role


Amy said: “I’m really pleased to have been shortlisted. As someone who is really passionate about sharing the benefits of music with children, this award has particular resonance for me. There’s a real high-calibre of entrants, and to be shortlisted alongside these individuals feels great. I look forward to the regional finals!”

Amy has been nominated in the Social Entrepreneur of the Year award category. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the positive impact their business has on society. 

In announcing the results for the West Midlans, Griselda Togobo, MD of Forward Ladies said: “This has been a fantastic year for women; we continue to start, grow and run high profile successful companies. We have been surprised and delighted by the number and calibre and diversity of the applications we have received, and look forward to celebrating their success.

“The award categories are a reflection not only of the types of businesses with which women are involved but also industries which need to attract and encourage young women to join for future growth and prosperity.”

This year’s judges includes Sahar Hashemi Founder of Coffee Republic; Linda Plant of The Apprentice; Bill Henry, retired PWC partner and Forward Ladies Advisory Board Member; Rachel Hannan, Angel Investor; Ajax Ahmed, founder of Free Serve; Catherine Doran, Former CIO of Royal Mail Group and Nigel Lockett, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Lancaster University Management School.

For more information on the FL Awards, click here.

Let’s all say a huge good luck to Amy!