What an incredible night – and surprise – for our COO and co-founder, Sarah Dowzell, who attended the City of Birmingham Business Awards (COBBA22) and was presented with the Chair’s Award.
Over 300 people gathered at The Park Regis Hotel to recognise the area’s array of exciting entrepreneurs.
Of those in attendance was our very own Sarah who initially thought she was going there with fellow business peers to acknowledge the city’s brightest talent. With no idea she’d been nominated by Kim Leary, the regional Chair of Downtown in Business, the evening ended in a way she never expected…
“I genuinely thought I was there to go along to a brilliant event and support those in business. And, of course, that’s what I did but never expected to have my name called out for an award!” said Sarah.
“I couldn’t believe it. I actually burst into tears as I walked up to collect the award, but I was so happy to be recognised… and I managed to smile for the photos!
“The surprise will be something I’ll remember for a very long time and I’m just so grateful to Kim and the City of Birmingham Business Awards for acknowledging the work we do at Natural HR.”
Speaking about the nomination, Kim – who is also managing director of web design agency Squibble and chair for Birmingham Tech CIC – added: “I’m a big advocate of tech and women in business, so I felt privileged to be able to present Sarah Dowzell with the Chair’s Award.
“Over the past few years, she’s stood out as I’ve watched her expand and nurture Natural HR to become a global organisation.
“Sarah has achieved a huge amount – from securing investment to growing and retaining her team. I knew she’d be a worthy winner, and truly deserved the recognition.”
From humble beginnings in which Sarah owned her own cleaning business to helping to run Natural HR alongside husband and our company’s CEO, Jason Dowzell, it’s been a huge transition but an exciting one for Sarah.
And following a fantastic start to the year – which has included winning new clients and welcoming fresh faces into the team (we’ll be telling you more about this news soon) – we’re looking forward to kick-starting the next half of 2022 with even more product updates and organisational developments.
We’d like to extend our thanks to Downtown in Business Birmingham for running such a prestigious COBBA22 – it’s a night we won’t forget in a hurry. For a list of all the winners, visit here.
Photo: Edwin Ladd
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