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Agency boss recognised in New Year’s honours

Nickie Gott, MD of She's Gott It, given OBE along with ExCeL chairman Kevin Murphy

Nickie Gott, MD of She's Gott It Events, has been awarded an OBE

Nickie Gott, MD of Durham-based agency She’s Gott It Events, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Gott was recognised for her work for services to women into business and female entrepreneurship in the North East, after becoming actively involved in supporting and growing the region’s female business community and entrepreneurs. She has also formed the North East Women’s Advisory board, which supports female entrepreneurship, and drives the annual North East Women Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

“The award is such an honour and I am totally overwhelmed by it all,” she said. “The work I do to support female business leaders and inspire the next generation of women in business is such a pleasure and to be recognised for it is amazing yet humbling too.”

She’s Gott It counts gaming giant Nintendo and Cadbury’s among its clients. Gott added: “Supporting women in business is something that has gained a lot of media attention in recent years but there is still so much more to do to change the gender balance across all sectors. It is not about quotas but about leading by example and showcasing amazing inspirational women who are role models to others. Having the award will certainly help raise the profile of everything I and others are doing regionally to address this.”

Also recognised with an OBE is Kevin Murphy, chairman and former CEO of ExCeL London, for services to business tourism. Among his achievements at the East London venue, Murphy oversaw the £165 million investment from the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company which added 40,000 sqm of space, and two terms as chairman of the Association of Event Organisers. He is now a board member of the capital’s convention bureau London & Partners.

He said: “This industry is very dear to me and I’m delighted to have played my part in cementing London’s reputation as the home of world leading events. Personal highlights have included supporting London’s bid to host the most successful Olympics in history, opening the capital’s International Convention Centre and Phase 2 development at ExCeL and delivering on our ambition to place London in the top 10 of the International Congress & Convention Association rankings and ExCeL London as a truly global venue.”

In the hospitality industry, hotelier Maurice Taylor, founder of Chardon Trading, which owns and operates a portfolio of six hotels in Scotland, was awarded the CBE for charitable work.

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