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Sanchita Saha, CEO and founder of social networking site and events club CitySocialising.com, has been nominated as a finalist in the 2008 Prowess Business Awards, celebrating the very best in women’s enterprise.
Prowess, a UK-wide trade association of over 200 organizations and individuals, promotes the growth of women's business ownership, each year supporting over 100,000 women to start 10,000 new businesses which contribute an additional Β£1bn to the economy.

Now in it’s fourth year, these unique awards honour individuals from right across the business community who are changing the face of UK enterprise by championing female entrepreneurship, including the business women whose passion inspires others, the β€˜unsung heroes’ of business support and the SME researchers who lead the way with progressive ideas.

Sanchita Saha, 32, set up and launched CitySocialising.com in January 2007, after having spent 18 months researching, testing and developing her idea to create a trusted online and offline social community for young professionals living, working and arriving new to the Capital. Combining users’ online and offline experiences, CitySocialising.com provides an easy and successful way for its members to expand their real world local social networks, and enjoy their local social scene, activities and interests with new like minded people.

After 6 months, the success of the CitySocialising formula in London, saw the service being rolled out to other major UK cities including Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Brighton, Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Within 12 months, Sanchita increased turnover by 650%, with quarterly revenues from launch in January 2007 growing by an average of 42%. Her current business objectives are to secure investment to further develop the model and website, in order to expand the community, network and service further nationally and internationally.

She said: β€œI’m really pleased to be nominated as a finalist in these prestigious Awards. It’s a real honour to have my passion and achievements recognized by an organization like Prowess. Although the business has done incredibly well in its first 16 months, there’s still a long-way to go however as we’re looking for a suitable investor to help us grow and expand the business and the CitySocialising.com service faster and further.”

Lynne Franks, entrepreneur and founder of the SEED Women’s Enterprise Network, is one of the award judges; she says β€œEncouraging women to reach their full potential in business and life is an on-going passion of mine.
The empowerment that is achieved by becoming an entrepreneur is life changing and these awards celebrate all those who are inspiring and supporting women achieve that goal.”

Notes to editors:

β€’ Prowess is the UK network of organisations which support women to start and grow businesses. Prowess has 250 members who support 100,000 women in business each year and 10,000 new business start-ups. You can find women-friendly business support and events in your area on the Prowess website www.prowess.org.uk

β€’ Lynne Franks Author, entrepreneur and lifestyle guru Lynne Franks has a communication reach that stretches across the world. As a high-profile business woman and founder of the SEED empowerment programmes for women, she is either featured in or writes for many of the UK's top publications, as well as regularly appearing in international media, television and radio, speaking on the subjects of social change, consumer patterns, corporate responsibility and women in business. Lynne was a member of the cast of the highly successful ITV reality show "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here" in December '07.

β€’ Full details about the nomination process and list of categories is available at [
http://www.prowess.org.uk/awards/nomination.asp


β€’ The closing date for nominations was 11 April 2008.

β€’ Finalists and case studies from last year’s awards are available. Contact 01603 762355 or email awards@prowess.org.uk

About CitySocialising.com

1. Originating in London, CitySocialising.com currently operates across eight major UK cities. Over 17,000 young professionals to date have registered with the service to connect, network and socialise with like-minded others, expand their real-world local social networks and enjoy their local social scene and attractions.

2. Sanchita Saha has lived in London for 14 years, initially moving to the Capital to study for her degree in Maths & Business Management at UCL (University College London). Her seven year media career that followed was spent predominantly at the BBC, in radio broadcasting and production at Radio 1, and then at 1Xtra, the BBC’s digital black music station, which Sanchita helped start up and launch with a team of eight others in 2002. After leaving the BBC and coming up with her business idea, Sanchita was successfully granted a loan from the Prince’s Trust to develop it. During this period, she was nominated as a regional finalist in the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in 2005. She is currently an Ambassador for the national government-backed Make Your Mark campaign to create an enterprise culture among young people in the UK.

See http://www.makeyourmark.org.uk for more info.

Contact Sanchita Saha on 020 8766 0060 for more information. Visit www.citysocialising.com .

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