Inspired Energy are thrilled to announce that CEO Janet Thornton, has won Business Woman of the Year at the 2017 Barclays North West Women in Business Awards.

The awards, aimed at senior business women and businesses operating across all sectors and sizes in the North West, attracted over 100 nominations which were shortlisted to 23 finalists from across the region.

Janet’s award recognises her achievements for growing the business in a traditionally male dominated industry, from a sole trader to flotation in 2011.

Following a successful career with two of the largest energy consultancies, Janet Thornton founded Inspired Energy Solutions, the Group’s principal operating subsidiary in 2000. Janet fought all odds and became the first female MD in the industry and her knowledge and drive has shaped Inspired Energy into the business it is today, focused on delivering the best service to customers while fostering a supportive and productive working environment for employees.

With an annual turnover of £21.5m, Inspired is one of the largest energy consultancies in the UK and employs over 300 staff servicing more than 10,400 clients. Negotiating a series of major strategic acquisitions has helped to accelerate the growth achieved by Inspired, building an intelligent group of companies offering bespoke and comprehensive services across a wide range of sectors and businesses.

Winning this prestigious award is a true testament to Janet’s passion of delivering a unique entrepreneurial business that shapes the future of energy procurement.

Karen Johnston, Barclays Head of Larger Business in the North West said:

“Women from all sectors across the North West are securing key roles in businesses and we wanted to recognise exceptional achievements for the contribution they are making…

The applications were all exceptionally good and the judges had a tough job drawing up the short list and selecting the finalists…

Congratulations for all our finalists today who are role models for business women and have significantly contributed to the North West economy.”

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