#BBA2019 Finalists Announced

The Business Book Awards 2019 finalists have been announced and I have some very exciting news to share about the #SBMhandbook!

This year’s awards organisers received 156 entries, of which 58 were women authors (more than ever before) and 24 of the finalists are women. I am very proud to share that I am one of the 24 female finalists with my book, The School Business Manager’s Handbook (available to buy from Amazon: https://amzn.to/2OkzDUc), published in partnership with the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and John Catt Publishers.

On 16th January the award organisers hosted a special event to announce the finalists, which was attended by authors, past winners, publishers and journalists; with a live feed via their Facebook page. During what must have been an intense day a panel of judges worked their way through all the submissions to choose the finalists. This is being followed by the judges from each category reading each of the books and choosing a winner.

The book award categories include start-up inspiration, sales and marketing, HR and management, embracing change, leadership, self-development, short business book, specialist book and international book. I believe that there were around 22 books entered in to the category ‘Specialist Book’, so it feels like a huge achievement to have reached the final five. The specialist book category finalists are diverse, my book about school business management and leadership is joined books on topics including property investment and conflict resolution.

I am thrilled to have been shortlisted. Whatever happens at the event next week, I am proud of my book and proud to be a school business leader. I am embracing this fabulous opportunity to raise awareness of the great work undertaken by school business leaders across the country.

My aim was always to write the book I wish I had had when I started my first role as a school business manager and it was important that it included other voices from the profession. Which is why it was great to include contributions from so many fellow school business professionals who shared my belief in sharing good practice and leading the change.

The category winners of the 2019 awards, along with the overall winner of the Business Book of the Year, will be announced at a Gala Dinner on 26th March. You can follow the latest news from the event via social media using the hashtag #BBA2019.

Wish me luck!

To view a full list of the finalists here: https://bit.ly/2HvSITV

#BeTheChange #BBA2019

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