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Sudbury businesswoman nominated for award in recognition of service to empower female entrepreneurs

The founder of a business support service, which is focused on empowering female entrepreneurs, said she hoped recognition at an annual awards event would help take her company to the next level.

Salisbury Virtual Assistance – a business and personal administration service based in Sudbury – was named as a finalist at the 2023 Suffolk Small Business Awards.

Shortlisted in the professional service small business of the year category, the nomination arrived less than three years after the company was launched by Anna Salisbury, who was inspired by her own journey.

Anna Salisbury, founder of Salisbury Virtual Assistance. Picture: Contributed
Anna Salisbury, founder of Salisbury Virtual Assistance. Picture: Contributed

After leaving school with only four GCSEs, having experienced anxiety and bullying, Anna saidher career path was inspired by the help she received at a pupil referral unit, which she said helped to turn her life around.

She earned a degree in social work, but explained that personal reasons, including the birth of her first child, led her to ‘seek a more stable work-life balance’ with her job as a social worker.

This led her to set up Salisbury Virtual Assistance in 2021, with the goal of helping women to achieve that balance by ‘recognising and addressing the inequalities that women often face in the business world’.

Following her nomination, Anna said: “I feel truly blessed to have been nominated and shortlisted for the finals of these awards.

“Having left school with few GCSEs due to extreme anxiety and bullying, never in a million years did I dream running my own business would ever be a possibility, especially one that’s worthy of an award.

“I really hope this will help me scale my business to the next level.”

Alongside her business, Anna also has roles as project manager for Neuro OT-East, located in Bury St Edmunds, and as operations manager at the Neuro Rehab Group in Birmingham, using her experience in hospital social work.

To find out more about the company, search for Salisbury Virtual Assistance on Facebook.