In the press: Regional awards success for Companion Stairlifts co-founder

A Guiseley businesswoman who co-founded Companion Stairlifts has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Clare Brophy will go through to the regional finals in the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards for her role in building the company, part of the multi-national Handicare Group, which provides daily living aids for disabled and elderly people.

Clare said it was a gamble to take on the big names in the market, but that the company, which has formed a partnership with Age UK, has become a major player in the industry.

In an interview with the Wharfedale Observer, Clare said: “It’s a real honour to be shortlisted in this year’s Women in Business awards and I’d like to thank my team for the part they have played in the success of Companion.

“I think it’s hugely important that women have the right role models to inspire them and to give them the courage to chase their dreams, whatever they may be. I knew from an early age that I wanted to make a difference, and I hope that I can share my experiences with others and inspire them to achieve their ambitions.”

Forward Ladies’ managing director Griselda Togobo said: “This has been a fantastic year for women. We continue to start, grow and run high-profile successful companies. We have been surprised and delighted by the number and calibre and diversity of the applications we have received, and look forward to celebrating their success.

“The award categories are a reflection not only of the types of businesses with which women are involved, but also industries that need to attract and encourage young women to join for future growth and prosperity.”

Companion Stairlifts has been shortlisted in two categories, retail and SME Growth. Clare will join the other shortlisted applicants at the regional final at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle on October 14.