Little’s Managing Director, Heather Matthews, has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Contribution by a Business Leader Award at the 2016 Inspiring City Awards.
As the only female Managing Director of a chauffeur drive company in the UK, Heather has reached the pinnacle of what is a largely male dominated industry and has continued to grow the business to the global scale it has achieved today whilst still retaining the traditional elements and Scottish heritage that helped build the business over the fifty years since inception.
Organised by The Herald and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, in association with award-winning city brand PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW, the awards celebrate the people and organisations that make Glasgow a remarkable place to live, work and play and it is an honour to be recognised amongst Glasgow’s business finest.
Heather was recognised as a skilled leader, employing an innovative approach to modernisation since becoming Managing Director of the business in 2005. Her strategic insight, global benchmarking and highly focused management skills have supported impressive growth and industry-leading innovation, with Heather becoming a role model for women in her business and beyond. Heather has also developed an intern programme and she encourages female graduates to apply and experience an industry they may not have considered in the past. As a founding board member of the Scottish Family Business Association, Heather continues to share her experience of business from a female perspective, helping to mentor and guide other entrepreneurs.
Further to this, Heather’s approach to periods of uncertainty was also commended. With a client base dominated by investment banking, the 2009 /10 financial crisis was a critical point in Heather’s development as a business leader. In this tough economic climate, rather than prepare to downscale, Heather took the bold decision to invest heavily in marketing the company’s global services – what turned out to be the right decision.
Little’s contribution to local charity was also recognised, namely the involvement with the PPWH 50/10 Club whereby 50 Glasgow businesses, including Little’s, pledged to raising £10,000 to go towards the creation of a new hospice in Bellahouston Park.
Making the shortlist especially significant is the fact Little’s are celebrating 50 years in 2016 – founded in Glasgow on the 28th November 1966 – a feat which is testament to both loyal clients in Glasgow and around the world, and true dedication from what is now a second-generation family business. We look forward to the evening and wish all other shortlisted businesses and individuals the very best of luck.