CEO and founder of social networking service CitySocialising, Sanchita Saha was presented with the Girls! Make Your Mark and Handbag.com ‘People’s Choice’ award, at a glamorous ceremony luncheon, held at The Landmark Hotel, London. She received the award as recognition for her social networking website CitySocialising which helps people meet new friends and enjoy and organise social events in London and other key cities in the UK.
The Girls! Make Your Mark Awards is an initiative established by the government-endorsed Make Your Mark campaign and market leading, women’s lifestyle destination Handbag.com. It serves to find the cream of the country's female entrepreneurs and business brains and celebrate the UK’s great female entrepreneurs.
A panel of prominent businesswomen including Jacqueline Gold, Head of Anne Summers, Carrie Grant, Vocal Coach to the stars, and Natasha Aitken, Editor of Handbag.com, helped to judge the awards.
Sanchita spent 18 months researching, testing and developing her idea to create a trusted online and offline community for young professionals living in, working in and relocating to cities, enabling users to make new friends in London and other cities like Brighton, Birmingham and Manchester. It encourages people to socialise with like minded others face-to-face in the real world, and not just in cyberworld.
Host on the night, Carrie Grant, awarded the honour to Sanchita, who was also nominated in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year category, in recognition of her achievements in setting up her business CitySocialising.
She launched CitySocialising in January 2007, which has now become the UK’s leading events-based social networking site that connects 25 – 40 year old professionals, living in, working in and relocating to UK cities, with new, real-world local social networks and enables them to explore and enjoy their city’s social scene and attractions.
CitySocialising was one of over twenty businesses that were competing for the People’s Choice Award, and the winner was voted for online by the public, via the Handbag.com website.
Sanchita Saha said of winning the award: “I’m over the moon to have won the People’s Choice award for CitySocialising, more so because it was voted for by the public, and also as the standard of the competing businesses and their achievements was so high. CitySocialising has achieved a lot over the past 18 months, connecting thousands of young professionals across the UK with new, real-world social networks. It has lead to more people making friends in London and other key cities around the UK. Hopefully, winning this award will go some way in helping us raise the investment we need, to further develop the site and service in order to expand further in the UK and into Europe, and to make a positive difference to the lives of many more.”
Other awards were presented on the day by Big Issue founder John Bird and designer Pearl Lowe who said "I think the Girls! Make Your Mark Awards helps to provide a fabulous arena to showcase the brilliant efforts of female entrepreneurs in the UK today - I know from personal experience that it can be challenging running a start up business, whilst juggling other aspects of your life, this is why I feel it is important to support and help champion females who have gone it alone and are realising their dreams."
Notes to Editors:
Girls Make Your Mark is the national campaign to create an enterprise culture amongst young women in the UK. It aims to inspire girls in their teens and twenties to have ideas and make them happen. The not-for-profit campaign is backed by an unprecedented coalition of businesses, charities, education bodies and government.
Originating in London in Jan 2007, CitySocialising.com quickly became the Capital’s leading events based social networking site and community for sociable professionals and now operates across eight major UK cities. Young UK professionals register with the service to connect, network and socialise platonically with like-minded others, expand their real-world local social networks and enjoy their city’s social scene, events and attractions.
Sanchita is an Ambassador for the Girls Make Your Mark campaign and was recently named in the 2008 list of the top young British businesswomen to watch by Management Today – the UK’s leading business monthly. The 2008 MT '35 Women Under 35' list, in association with Microsoft, and as published in the Sunday Times, is selected with the help of the most established business men and women in Britain today – as well as head hunters, think tanks, bankers and academics.
For more press information about CitySocialising or Sanchita Saha, please contact CitySocialising on 020 8766 0060 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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