Congratulations to Nic Jones of Lady Penelope Cars who was recently ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Woman in Business’ category at the Bradford Means Business Awards 2011. The awards celebrate and encourage Business in Bradford, with categories including Best New Business, Best Small Business, Technical Innovation, Best Employer and more.
Nic Jones started Lady Penelope Cars 18 months ago, providing wedding transport in Bradford and the UK in her three beloved Jaguars. Her partner James nominated her for the award, and Nic admits she was surprised to be one of three nominations shortlisted by the panel of Judges at the Telegraph and Argus.
“I was genuinely shocked to have been shortlisted and very excited to attend such a high profile event.
“Although I didn’t scoop the top award I feel really honoured to be ‘highly commended’. It may seem at first glance like my job is a real doddle, cruising around on Sunny Saturdays with brides in the back, but there’s so much more that goes on behind the scenes, from getting my hands oily to doing the books. I swapped 9-5 for 24/7 almost, not that I’m complaining. I adore my cars and they’re far better behaved than my teenage kids! There’s nothing quite like the glow that you get when you open a card from a happy bride thanking you for making the day perfect.
“I won my award for ‘Woman in business’ but I feel it’s a bit unfair on the chaps… there wasn’t a ‘men in business’ award. And in all honesty I’d be lost without my ‘Men’ from my partner James who’s unending support has kept me going when things have been tough, to my oldest friend from school Ely, who turned up in his camper van to help me get going on renovating the premises I took over earlier this year and also my ‘Jag men’ Alex and Alastair who’ve worked on my girls.
“I often stop and take a minute to be grateful, whether I’m sat in my office or clambering about under one of the girls. I’m my own boss, making a living doing what I love. That’s pretty much the highest award you can get!
Well done Nic on your award! If you are looking for something different for your wedding day transport Lady Penelope provide an amazing service.