An entrepreneur from Burnley has been announced as a finalist in The Baton Awards 2023.

Saira Hussain founded HAD & CO, a female-led architectural & planning practice with branches in Burnley, Blackburn, Manchester and London

She has been announced as a finalist in the Professional Services category at the 2023 Baton Awards which will take place on Friday, December 1, at BMA House, London.

On being announced as finalist and what it means to her, Saira Hussain said: "I am an advocate for women in STEM, construction, architecture and business, and have been since I started my career in 2011.

"To be announced as a finalist in the Baton Awards gives me the platform I require as a woman from an ethnic minority to promote the development of women in STEM areas, share knowledge, raise awareness, break gender stereotypes and to advance towards real equality of opportunities.

"I look forward to the awards night in December."

Lancashire Telegraph: The Baton Awards were founded by Dr Diahanne Rhiney, to encourage women from a diverse group to overcome barriers to success in industries and professions where women struggle to be recognised.

This annual event highlights and applauds the accomplishments of women of colour within the UK, casting a spotlight on contributions from leading women spanning commerce, STEM, healthcare, sports, the arts, education and more.

Through this collective narrative, The Baton Awards is not just an awards ceremony; it is a platform for change, a source of motivation, and a catalyst for progress.

Lancashire Telegraph: Founder, Dr Diahanne Rhiney BCAe, said: “Racism remains a widespread issue in everyday working life for women from a diverse racial group in the UK, and all over the world, as we continue to be served a ‘double disadvantage’ in education and industry.

"Last year, I was humbled to see that our females from diverse racial groups are achieving so much in spite of such adversity, barriers and inequality.

"This year is the sixth annual Baton Awards and is needed more than ever since the murder of George Floyd, as we work to celebrate and acknowledge our vital females from diverse racial communities.”