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Southend networking group member becomes prize-winning mentor

Category: Networking - Award

Release Date: 08/04/2019

Members of Southend ebn (Effective Business Network) were celebrating recently when one of the members, Katie Burrett from Burrett Cleaning Services, shared some great news - she had won the prestigious Mentor of the Year for the South of Britain award for a national charity.

Katie Burrett (left) with Olivia Francis,
the mentee who nominated her for the award.

Katie said: "This is an amazing award to have won. Last year the winner worked for the Bank of England, so for me to be recognised as part of a small business was amazing and a great honour.

"I became a mentor through my ebn Group and the connections I made. This has been a really rewarding experience for me.

"I have been a member of the ebn Southend Group for several years and everyone has been so supportive. It's great to be able to share our success with other businesses and know that they are genuinely happy for us."

Group Director for Southend ebn Sally Laking, of Sally Laking Wealth Management, said: "Our members meet on alternate Tuesdays at the Arlington Rooms . We were delighted to hear Katie's good news.

"The whole Group enjoy celebrating each other's achievements, and we wish Katie continued success as a mentor."

Managing Director of ebn Glenys Chatterley said: "Networking is about building relationships to help businesses grow and become stronger, and this includes celebrating successes with other local businesses."

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Notes for Editors

More information:

Glenys Chatterley on: 07780 666726

Katie Burrett on: 01268 759222

Sally Laking on: 07809 619072

Local networker reaches finals of ‘Photographer of the year’

Category: Networking - Award

ebn (Effective Business Network) Bishop's Stortford member and business owner Maria Michael has earned herself a place in the final of The Societies of Photography, 'Photographer of the year' awards. The prestigious awards celebrate photographers whose images had achieved a Gold Award in the 2018 monthly competition. The winners will be announced at the Awards Presentation evening, which is part of a four-day annual International Photography Convention, held in London.

Maria is the owner of Detheo Photography, situated on the Hertfordshire and Essex borders, very close to Bishop's Stortford. Detheo Photography provides a truly bespoke photographic service. Whilst covering a wide range of services, Maria has built a strong reputation for her work in specialist pet photography, lifestyle and portraits, and commercial and corporate commissions.

As well as being shortlisted for the awards on 18th January, Maria has been invited for the second consecutive year to host her own masterclass, titled 'Introduction to pet photography'. She is covering: why this genre is not just a simple add-on to a business, but one that should be respected and that demands a level of commitment; and how to start a pet photography business, from the planning process through to different ways of marketing. She will also be sharing some of the experiences that she has had, and lessons that she has learnt along the way.

Having reached the finals, Maria said: "I am very proud to have been shortlisted for this award. To have been nominated in itself is a huge achievement, and I am keeping all fingers crossed for the awards' presentation evening on 18th January, when the winners will be announced."

"Each month, photographers from all over the world submit images into a competition with around 24 categories, and those images are judged by a panel of judges. Those that achieve Gold are then put forward to be judged again for POTY (Photographer Of The Year) nominations. I believe that, in 2018, there were just over 12,000 entries over the entire competition, and only three nominations are put forward for each category."

Managing Director of ebn Glenys Chatterley said: "Bishop's Stortford members meet on alternate Thursdays at Café Mocha, and we were delighted to hear Maria's great news; we really couldn't be prouder!

"The whole Group enjoy celebrating each other's achievements, and everyone at ebn wishes Maria continued success."

"Networking is about building relationships to help businesses grow and become stronger, and this includes celebrating successes with other local businesses."

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Notes for Editors

For further information:
Maria Michael on 07956 301482

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

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