Independent Retail Director declared ‘Inspirational Business Woman’

We’re proud to announce that our Company Director Caroline Murray has been recognised for her outstanding professional achievements and declared an ‘Inspirational Business Woman’ at the ‘Cheshire Woman of the Year Awards 2016’.

Caroline, aged 36, was nominated by her colleagues at Land of Beds. They praised her as the ‘perfect example of a caring, hard-working, Cheshire-born mum’ who ‘inspires others onto personal and professional success’.

“Not only is Caroline a loving mum to our two young children, she does amazing work for charity and leads a multi-million pound business,” said her proud husband Mike Murray Jnr, our Managing Director.

“Celebrating everyone’s individual contribution to the success of our business is part of our company culture; I’d like to thank our team for taking the time to nominate Caroline for this special recognition, which speaks volumes for how highly she is regarded.”

The Preston University graduate put her Business Management expertise into practice – working in the retail sector with High Street giants such as Selfridges – before her caring, nurturing nature led her to retrain as a school teacher.

Following her marriage to her husband Mike (now aged 36) and the birth of their son George in 2009, Caroline sought to achieve a new work-life balance by working part-time at Land of Beds, which is owned by her father-in-law, Mike Murray Snr, who operated as a sole trader.

Since then, Caroline has played a key role in transforming the business fortunes of the company – growing the annual turnover of £250,000 to £5.4 million in 2015.

A panel of judges at last year’s National Bed Federation Awards highly commended Caroline and Land of Beds’ excellent branding, impressive online performance and exceptional marketing.

“I’d like to sincerely thank my colleagues for putting me forward for this lovely recognition,” says Caroline, who had a second child, Betsy, in 2013. “It was such a surprise and I had a fantastic time at the event – meeting inspirational women from all walks of life who contribute so positively to the county.”

The overall winner of the ‘Cheshire Woman of the Year Awards 2016’ was Kate Spall, who set up The Pamela Northcott Fund – ‘The Right Treatment at the Right Time for Cancer Patients’.

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