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The list produced annually ranks the North Wests region’s most influential women. It features leading figures from the worlds of education, professional services, retail, manufacturing, property and the media.
This year the catchment area was widened to extend beyond Manchester and into Lancashire, Liverpool, Cheshire and Cumbria. There were more than 350 names provided, with no fewer than 36 new names included in 2015. The list is compiled on women who have been recognised as having real influence in the North West business community.
The final decision on who featured in the top 100 list was made by Chris Maguire, editor of the North West Business Insider. The list was made up from the opinion of the industry and this year saw more nominations than any other list that Insider have produced, reflecting the talent among women in business across the North West. For this year the list was produced to reflect the diversity of sectors that women excel in and Insider gave extra consideration to entrepreneurs who run their own businesses.
This is the first time that Gillian has been featured in this prestigious list, being recognised for her outstanding achievements of helping guide Taylor Patterson to be acknowledged as a leading financial services business in Lancashire. With 2014 seeing Taylor Patterson crowned “Financial Services Business of the Year” at the Red Rose Awards.
Other accolades that have been awarded recently include Nick Howarth winning “The Young Un’ in Finance” category at the Lancashire Business View awards earlier this year, with whom Gillian has been mentoring over the last few years. Most recently, Taylor Patterson won the “Best Social Media Presence” at the Lancashire Business awards, which includes the team of Gillian, Keith and Nick, who are responsible for portraying the Taylor Patterson message.
Due to the huge number of names submitted for the top 100 list, Insider has also published a ‘Women of Influence’ list.