Manchester-based Businesswoman Wins National Accolade at Women of the Year Luncheon and Awards

Clair Heaviside, Co-Founder and Creative Director of multi-award-winning digital agency Serotonin, has been presented with the prestigious honour of ‘Business Woman of the Year’, at the highly-regarded Women of the Year Luncheon and Awards 2023.

Clair co-founded Serotonin in August 2019, which now has a twenty-strong team based at the firm’s Northern Quarter office. The agency manages accounts and delivers campaigns globally, with projects including brand creation, brand repositioning and development, website design and build, strategy and execution of multi-channel digital campaigns. Clients cover a range of sectors and industries, from property to technology and engineering, hospitality and leisure, to health and fashion.

As Co-Founder and Creative Director, in addition to running the business, Clair is responsible for brand and creative strategy for all clients, and overseeing all creative output of the agency.

Outside of the office, Clair is a passionate trail runner and ultra runner. Last year on her 40th birthday she embarked on a 100km challenge in the Lake District, and didn’t stop there. Since then Clair has completed and placed in the top ten for marathons, trail marathons, an ultra, and most recently, completed a 75km mountain race.

As an advocate for ‘Good things come to those who create’, Clair explains her business motto: “From the people we work with, to the clients we work for, we know the best things come from creators, optimists, drivers, people who make things happen. We believe good influences make good things, and our agency journey is part of the story too. Through this motto we recognise that, even when things are tough, with the right mindset and purpose, the end result will be worth it. And that means the journey is too.”

Significantly, Clair is a proud Trustee of Haven, a charity that supports children and young people impacted by domestic abuse, and is a member of the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) NW Council.

The anticipated Women of the Year Luncheon and Awards, which took place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Friday 13 October, was a significant celebration of achievement, promoting positive female role models who provide inspiration across all areas of society and the business community.

Hosted by broadcaster and entrepreneur Arti Halai, the glittering event was attended by British television actress and WOTY president Sally Lindsay who addressed the audience and said: “One of the reasons I first agreed to become a part of the awards is because of what WOTY do; they put the ladder down for others and that’s so important to me. From the day I became involved, I have seen women supporting women in this room, passing cards around, making networks and making friends and it’s such an inspiration. Many of our winners and alumni are those introduced to the awards by winners before them, and that continues today with some of our finalists having been encouraged by our directors and ambassadors who felt like it was time for them to shine.”

To find out more about the Women of the Year Luncheon and Awards: www.womenoftheyear.org.uk/

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