We’re sure you can guess by the title of our post that we have some exciting news to share!

Our Founder and MD of The Secret Event Service, Kate Hutchinson, has been shortlisted for not one, but TWO Northern Leadership awards (we still let out a little shriek every time we say it!!)

Hosted by TheBusinessDesk.com, the Northern Leadership Awards recognise and celebrate individuals who are role models for their teams, and organisations who have raised the bar for their competitors.

The shortlist is made up of those who showed the qualities of resilience, innovation, and strong communication – in the face of a global pandemic no less – while remaining true to their values.

Kate is honoured and grateful to be shortlisted, amongst 48 other outstanding companies, in the ‘Young Leader’ and ‘Emerging Entrepreneur Leader’ categories.

‘I was shocked and overwhelmed at first, aware immediately that this was a team triumph, not just mine to own!’ 

As for most businesses across the events and wider industries, the last 12 months have been incredibly turbulent, with many brilliant businesses sadly having to close their doors or let talented staff go. At times, we didn’t know how or if we would come out the other side.

Despite the challenges, Kate and the whole team at SES pulled up our sleeves and set to work expanding our services, adapting to a digital-first approach and catering to the new online world of events.

With a whole lot of resilience, determination and inspiring leadership at Team SES, we are not only coming back fighting but stronger than ever! We’ve managed to double our team size, create a network of dedicated freelancers, and most recently we billed more work in the last two weeks than we did in our entire first year of trading – definitely a pinch-me moment for all of us!

To receive this recognition from TheBusinessDesk.com is a huge milestone for us, not only as women in business but also as a relatively new company. We celebrate our third birthday this month, and if the last three years is anything to go by, we’re set to achieve more than we could have hoped for on day one. We look forward to taking you on that ride with us.

Finally, a huge good luck to all the other nominees across each category, we look forward to seeing you all in September!

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