A University of Wolverhampton Director has been
shortlisted for Businesswoman of the Year.
Diana Thompson is Business Director of the University’s
award-winning e-Innovation Centre and has successfully led its
The 2009 Women of the Year awards are organised by the charity
Vitalise and supported by organisations including Barclays, CBI and
KPMG. The awards honour Midlands-based women’s outstanding
individual achievement in all professions and provide positive role
models to encourage other women to excel.
The University is delighted that Diana is a finalist in the
Professor Ian Oakes, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and
Enterprise, who nominated her, said: “This recognises Diana’s
personal contribution to enterprise and the growth of new business,
as well as recognising the extensive expertise and facilities
within the University and the role it plays in the economic
regeneration of the region.”
Under Diana’s leadership, the e-Innovation Centre is now home to
more than 57 companies as well as providing consultancy and
mentoring to more than 170 businesses.
The centre has achieved a model of best practice accolade from
the National Audit Office.
As a result of its work, more than 73 new jobs have been created
and approaching more than £3 million of new sales generated, by
companies occupying the centre and receiving business support.
Professor Oakes added that even during the recession, levels of
occupancy in the centre remained high.
Diana initially trained as a mathematics teacher and has worked
in the education sector throughout her career. She said: “I am
delighted to be shortlisted for the Award. It is an honour for the
whole team who offer entrepreneurs exactly the right facilities and
support to develop their new business ideas.”
The awards will take place at Birmingham’s Hilton Metropole
Hotel on Friday 2 October.
The e-Innovation Centre focuses on the incubation of e-business
and e-marketing companies funded through The European Regional
Development Fund and The Regional Development Agency (Advantage
The charity Vitalise provides essential breaks for disabled
people and carers.
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Date issued: Friday 25 September 2009
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