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Carole Nash OBE wins ‘Centenary Woman of the Year’

Carole Nash OBE, philanthropist and founder of the motorcycle insurance brokerage, has won the Centenary Woman of the Year award. The honour was conferred at the inaugural This Is Manchester awards held at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate as recognition for her contribution to the region.
 
Nash, who set up the business from her dining room table in 1985 following redundancy, grew the company from five staff in the first two years to 40 employees by the time the first office opened in Timperley in 1989. From then the business has grown to more than 400 staff at its current offices in Altrincham and Dublin, providing cover for more than 300,000 motorcycles in the UK and Ireland.
 
Although no longer formally involved in the business – Nash decided to sell in 2006 to spend time with her family – the insurance firm retains her name and has grown to become one of the UK’s leading specialist motorcycle insurance brokers.
 
Nash beat off competition from a strong shortlist of other inspirational female entrepreneurs and prominent figureheads in the community to win the award, which was introduced to celebrate 100 years of female suffrage.  
 
Patron to both the Alderley Edge Music Festival and Bowden Music Festival, Nash is well-known for being a philanthropist, supporting a number of charities in the area. In 2012 she was awarded an OBE for her contributions.
 
Ian Donaldson, CEO of Carole Nash, commented: “Carole made an immense contribution to both the insurance industry and her home city, so this award is a fitting tribute to reward her achievements.
 
“Many of the staff who worked with Carole remain in the business today, which is testament to the amazing work she did building the company up from her kitchen more than 30 years ago.”

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