Hatfield-based live music company celebrates awards nods

PUBLISHED: 09:27 09 October 2011

Susan Heaton Wright, of Viva Live Music

Susan Heaton Wright, of Viva Live Music


AN entrepreneurial mum’s live music company is well and truly flying, after a double award nomination and a clean sweep at a Dragons’ Den-style business conference.

Susan Heaton Wright, director of Hatfield-based Viva Live Music, has been nominated in both the forthcoming East of England Business Champions Awards and the Working Mum Employers’ Awards.

Her company was shortlisted in the Service Excellence category at the Business Champions awards, while in the Working Mums gongs, Viva Live Music is up for the title of SME Employer of the Year.

The nominations come after Susan, a mother of one from Bull Stag Green, walked away from the WEConnect European Conference in London with a bundle of cheques totalling £1,000, after impressing four multi-national corporations with a Dragons’ Den-style pitch for funding.

With just four minutes to sell her business to representatives from Clifford Chance, Marriott, Icon Information Consultants and Zibrant, Susan beat four other contestants to each of the £250 cheques, which she will now plough back into Viva Live Music.

And now, Susan is hoping to carry her recent success into the awards ceremonies, both of which take place this month.

“Outstanding service and customer satisfaction is the principle aim of our business and it is great to be recognised for this,” said Susan.

“And as a mother myself, I know how difficult it is combining motherhood with a performing career.

“I am thrilled Viva Live Music has reached the final of this award and I am looking forward to meeting other working mothers at the award ceremony”.

Viva Live Music provides bespoke live musical entertainment for corporate and private events, including gala dinners, product launches, drinks receptions, weddings and celebrations.

The company also delivers creative and performance-based team building events for businesses.

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