Long term affair provides cause for celebration
When Garland Waddington was first offered the opportunity in 2002 to become a sponsor of the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network Awards, little did they know it would be the start of a long love affair with the Network - for 16 years to date!
Partners Ken Waddington and Brendan Bathersby are proud that over the years they have had the privilege of presenting the Outstanding Business Woman of the Year Award to some of the Sunshine Coast’s most successful and inspiring women.
“We initially supported the SCBWN Awards because most of our clients are business people and we liked the idea of supporting up and coming business people in our community,” Mr Waddington said.
“In particular, we liked the idea of supporting women, who in our experience, are often the key decision-makers when it comes to making legal decisions within their business and family.
However, over the years, our relationship with the Network has developed into much more.
Our whole team enjoys the regular privilege of meeting dynamic women from across our region at networking functions, as well as meeting other business partners and sponsors who support the Network, and enjoy attending and guest presenting at events – all focussed on nurturing, promoting and empowering members of the Network.”
Mr Waddington went on to say Garland Waddington regularly invited winners to speak at events run by his firm and that numerous finalists and winners had continued to stay in touch with the firm, had become regular clients and even become good friends.
“There is nothing pretentious about the Network. We’ve always found it to be incredibly supportive of women in business, with a genuine focus on bringing out the best in people, widening their horizons and expanding their skills” Mr Waddington said.
“We’ve really enjoyed getting to know award finalists and winners, and consider members of the Network part of Garland Waddington’s extended family.
Over the years, numerous members have contacted us either face-to-face or over the phone to seek legal advice and we enjoy being able to provide them with an obligation free consultation.
“Sometimes they have gone on to become clients, and at other times they have received enough guidance to assist them with the next step of their business or family journey.”
Mr Waddington congratulated the Network on the continuing development and enhancement of the prestigious and highly coveted Awards, which have gone from strength to strength over the years - assisting in developing the Network into the most vibrant organisation of female leaders and members on the Sunshine Coast.
“Not only have the awards assisted in recognising our local success stories, but they’ve also provided an opportunity to share and profile so many budding businesses within the Network and to the broader Sunshine Coast community,” Mr Waddington said.
“Our team are proud to be part of such a progressive, diverse and supportive network.
Congratulations to the Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network on celebrating 20 years!”
Garland Waddington has built a solid reputation based on expertise, trust and experience, providing legal solutions for more than 35 years particularly in the areas of business and commercial law, conveyancing and property transactions, wills and estate planning, building and construction, and litigation.
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