Margaret Manning is Female Entrepreneur of the Year

01/03/2008 - London

Margaret Manning, CEO of award winning digital consultancy, Reading Room, won the Female Entrepreneur of the Year award at the 2008 Fast Growth Business Awards.

The award was judged by a number of high profile entrepreneurs including Peter Jones of Dragons' Den. And Margaret beat off stiff competition from some of the most successful female businesswomen in the UK. Announced at an awards ceremony at the London Marriott on Grosvenor Square on March 12, Margaret was thrilled to have won the award.

"It is fantastic to have won the female entrepreneur of the year award - I am absolutely overjoyed with it. But of course, I wouldn't have won this fantastic award were it not for the phenomenal success of Reading Room as a whole, which is down to having one of the very best teams in the digital communications industry."

Margaret was named in 2007 among the top 50 people to watch in the media in the Observer Courvoisier Future 500. A fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Margaret is a highly respected figure within the new media industry and is currently vice-chair for the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA). She is also a member of the BBC External New Media Advisory Group.

As CEO of Reading Room, Margaret is one of very few female CEOs in the largely male-dominated digital industry. Reading Room is the sixth largest digital consultancy in the UK, growing faster than any other (2007 Sunday Times Tech Track 100). A full-service digital shop, with 150 staff and offices in London, Manchester, Sydney and Canberra, services include strategy, design, Content Management Systems (CMS) and online marketing for clients including Royal Mail, Škoda and Land Securities. Margaret has made Reading Room an attractive place to join and work for men and women alike. Indeed, 50 per cent of directors are women, an extraordinary statistic considering that across the entire digital industry, women are enormously under-represented.

Having steered the company through its rapid growth in the last ten years, Margaret remains extremely ambitious and is on course to increase Reading Room's turnover from £2.5m in 2005 to £25m in 2010.