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London Business Women 'Inspired Award 2018'

The Award for 2017 went to


This year's BUSINESS WOMEN VALENTINE BALL was held in homage to MARY SEACOLE whose statue is now proudly standing outside ST THOMAS' HOSPITAL. As Business women we salute you, your entrepreneurial spirit as well as your kindness and tenacity in the face of much opposition; we recognise these traits in our daily efforts to build successful businesses.



Ladies you are invited to our Valentine Ball in celebration of the fantastic work you have done over the last 12 month in your business. Sometimes you just need to blow your own trumpet, send a letter of self-pride, love and appreciation to yourself for getting through some of the most difficult moments in 2016.


So join us on Monday 13 February at the gorgeous Park Plaza Hotel for Afternoon Tea & Talks followed by Photos in front of the Mary Seacole statue from 4pm - 6pm in the Illy Bar, Park Plaza Hotel Westminster.




“I have a few shades of deeper brown upon my skin which shows me related to those poor mortals you once held enslaved, and whose bodies America still owns. Having this bond, and knowing what slavery is, having seen with my eyes and heard with my ears proof positive enough of its horrors, is it surprising that I should be somewhat impatient of the airs of superiority which many Americans have endeavoured to assume over me.” Mary Seacole


Mary Jane Grant was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1805 and her father was a Scottish soldier and her mother a Jamaican. She has won this year's Award because:

1. She was an avid business woman - 'she established the British Hotel near Balaclava to provide 'a mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and convalescent officers'. '

2. She was tenacious and had the 'definateness of purpose' highlighted by Napoeion Hill which one has to have to succeed against all odds - 'In 1854, Seacole travelled to England again, and approached the War Office, asking to be sent as an army nurse to the Crimea where there was known to be poor medical facilities for wounded soldiers. She was refused. Undaunted Seacole funded her own trip to the Crimea '

3. Lastly but not least, she celebrated her experience and sealed her immortality by publishing her memoirs - 'in July 1857 a benefit festival was organised to raise money for her, attracting thousands of people. Later that year, Seacole published her memoirs, 'The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands'.'


BOOK now  to attend the Mary Seacole Tea & Tour of Westminster (2-4pm)

You will visit the Mary Seacole Museum

Visit Mary Seacole Statue

Listen to Talks and stories by Nurses

Tea at the Park Plaza Hotel










Events, Workshops & Seminars 2018

EVENTS FOR 2018 will be announced soon but in the meantime see below for details about last years events:

1. Traverse 17 & YouTube Influencer Event - At this year's Traverse 17 we have a panel of 5 YouTube Influencers who run Hair, Beauty & Lifestyle blogs, as well as being ardent vloggers talk frankly and informatively about their journey into the social media world.

'Money too Tight to Mention’ panel discussion is about their stories and how they have monetized their social media platforms particularly their YouTube channel.





Mary Seacole