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Award-winning night for Hope Business School

Business Award Monday 10 October 2016

Hope Graduate Marissa Pendlebury and Business Gateway Manager Carol Buckman scooped two awards at the inaugural Switch On To Business Charity Awards 2016.

Marissa, who studied MSc Psychology, took home the Best Social Enterprise Award for her business Nourishing Routes, while Carol picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nourishing Routes offers coaching and group workshops designed to help people develop a positive relationship with food, mind and body. It’s influenced by Marissa’s MSc research into the psychology of eating behaviours, stress and nutritional status, which she undertook at Hope.

Marissa said: “It’s about passionately using my expertise in positive Psychology and experiences of overcoming anorexia to empower people to love food and love their bodies without using faddy diets and fitness regimes.”

Carol was honoured for her significant contribution to the city and Business sector throughout her career.

Talking about the award, she said: “It was such a thrill to win the Lifetime Achievement Award, and great having colleagues, entrepreneurs and students attending the event. It was a truly enjoyable evening made even more special with the involvement of our students, graduates and staff.”

The Switch On To Business Charity Awards recognised the efforts of new business start-ups, Future Talent and supporters within the Merseyside area.

It was a big night for Hope, with PhD student Dave Wood also nominated in the Best Social Enterprise category for his company Metanoeo, while Media and Communication Graduate Emma Rittenberg was nominated for the Apprentice of the Year award.

The University sponsored the Best Business Mentor Award, which was presented to former Lord Mayor of Liverpool Gary Millar.

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