Job Board Co-Founder, Paula Wynne, has been short-listed for the prestigious National Women on Their Way Awards 2010 in the Online Business Category.

Although women-owned businesses are on the increase there still aren’t enough female role models, is the claim of the leading women’s organisation, Women on Their Way. Most people still think that the majority of businesses are run by men due to the stereotypical images that we see all around us.

Women are equally qualified to run businesses as men, but also need more opportunities to connect and do business together. The competition this year has been particularly tough so it’s a huge honour for Paula to be short-listed.

Despite being made redundant in January 2008 and then a day later suffering the trauma of a shoulder operation that went horribly wrong, Paula worked tirelessly to launch her online business Remote Employment, a website dedicated to flexible, remote and home based jobs.

She was left with severed shoulder ligaments and tendons and a dislocated collarbone and resulted in numerous operations to reconstruct her right shoulder with metal plates.

Within only 18 months, Remote Employment has built a large and growing database of working professionals who want a flexible working solution and also launched The Remote Worker Awards, in association with BT Business. The inspiration was borne out of Paula’s experience as a mother looking for flexible work from home while raising her son.

Paula has won two business awards; Karen Darby as a mentor and the BT Global Action Plan Responsible Business Day Award. She was nominated in the Top 100 Companies in the Barclays Trading Places Award and was runner up for the Enterprise Challenge in the 2009 Enterprising Women Awards.

There are four short-listed candidates for each award and the winner will be announced on Friday 19th March at the Women on Their Way Annual Awards Lunch taking place at Aston Villa Football Club, Birmingham from 11.00 to 15.00.

The awards event is in its second year and aims to connect women through the UK, to inspire and to increase their self belief. The Women on Their Way Awards is the brainchild of former Apprentice Candidate Jo Cameron and her Co-Director Lisa Ibbotson.

Jo Cameron added “we are delighted that Paula has been shortlisted. There are so many amazing women in the UK who don’t always recognise the impact they have made and it is my absolute privilege to be inspired by so many incredible women. We are very much looking forward to announcing the winners in a few weeks time.”

This year the judges include Gill Fielding and Caroline Marsh of TV’s Secret Millionaire and other esteemed women from both the public and private sectors. They will be judging the shortlisted candidates over the coming weeks.

There are twelve awards this year including Start Up and High Growth Businesses, Online Business, Woman in Finance, Law, Transportation, Construction/Engineering, Woman in The Community, Public office, The outstanding contribution to Women’s Learning and Development, Young Woman in Business, Outstanding New Product and Woman’s Advocate. This year the coveted prize for the overall Woman on her Way is a weekend away for two included flights and accommodation to Milan.

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