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Sarah in line-up for Women in Business awards

By BHawes  |  Posted: January 03, 2014

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Sarah Naish has not only raised five adopted children but heads a successful specialist fostering agency which is set for expansion.

Described as an inspirational leader she has now been nominated for the 2014 Women in Business Awards which are supported by the Gloucester Citizen, Gloucestershire Echo and Stroud Life

After initially qualifying as a nursery nurse and working with children for some years, Sarah became a foster carer and trained as a children and families social worker, becoming manager for a group of children's homes.

She was asked to relaunch the Family Link Fostering Agency and then took a short career break to care for five adopted children.

She was then invited to return to Family Link which had deteriorated in her absence and successfully turned the company around. It was incorporated into Fostering Together Ltd which Sarah founded and is now the managing director.

She brought in a new way of working with children who have suffered trauma and opened a new branch in Stroud in 2009, since when it has gone from strength to strength.

It cares for children who are deeply traumatised and also those with profound disabilities. Sarah of Paganhill, Stroud has been solely responsible for putting the company on a sound financial footing and expanding the staff team and branches.

She is opening a Swindon branch this month and has been described as providing "inspirational leadership and support."

The Stroud branch has recently been named as "outstanding" by Ofsted inspectors.

Sarah said: "It is my passion. There are not really any other agencies doing the specialist work we do.

A lot of our foster carers adopt the children. And the important thing for us is the outcome for the children."

Sarah said she had been inspired by the five children she had adopted.

"When I adopted them they were given a very poor prognosis but they really taught me how to re parent children who have suffered trauma. I use these experiences to help foster carers and adopters. My eldest daughter is 22 and now works for me within the company and is successful in her own right.

"The other significant influence was my Dad. He was my life's inspiration and he sadly died of cancer one month after I took over the company. He was such an honourable and kind man, I wanted to do something which would have made him proud."

Sarah has been nominated for the Woman of the Year category in the fifth Women in Business Awards which provide a showcase for the female entrepreneurs who make a real difference on the county's business scene.

And it all culminates in a glittering awards evening at Hatherley Manor Hotel on March 20.

With Grundon Waste Management the title sponsor, the Women in Business Awards include 10 categories ranging from Young Entrepreneur to New Business of the Year.

It's easy to enter the Women in Business Awards-just visit www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/wiba or www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/wiba

And for more details on how to become involved in the awards call Jennifer Barnard on 01242 278 038.

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