The awards, now in its 15th year, recognise businesses that are making an impact on the local economy and supporting growth across the business network in the local area.
Emily was shortlisted from over 200 applicants for the awards and has been committed to supporting businesses across Andover and the surrounding area. Since the launch of Social You five years ago, Emily has worked hard to establish a stronger voice for Andover businesses and to create opportunities for businesses to thrive.
I established an Andover networking group in 2018 which has gone from six people in a coffee shop to over 90 attendees in July 2019 at the Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Whitchurch. I wanted to bring local businesses together to create a relaxed, informal forum where we could meet other businesses, get advice and build relationships. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive so far.
I’m also dedicated to working with local talent where I can – a large proportion of our freelancers are women and I think this support is vital for them. I genuinely believe that women don’t have the same belief in themselves, or their businesses, as their male counterparts and so undervalue their time and the quality of their work. I always try to support female entrepreneurs through encouragement and advice.
Social You has established itself as a bespoke digital agency, working with large national clients like Ordnance Survey and Shorefield Holidays to small, independent businesses like The Gin Stall – local to Andover. This tailored approach to clients and their needs has seen it go from strength to strength.
The shortlist for the awards was announced on the 19th July. The winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on the 12th September at the Army Flying Museum.
I am very excited to have been nominated and shortlisted.“Having my achievements recognised by my peers is a very rewarding feeling and gives me hope that the work I am doing is making a positive impact on others.
Photo: Andover Coffee & Networking, Bombay Sapphire
Photo Gallery: Emily Wilkinson, Managing Director of Social You