Heather Gallagher scoops prestigious award

Heather Gallagher, principal and founder of StageScreen and StageScreen Musical Theatre Associates, scooped the prestigious Woman Who solopreneur award in the Creative World category today.

Heather Gallagher receives award

Ian O’Donnell, MBE, from the Federation of Small Businesses presents Heather with her Solopreneur award in October 2019

At an awards ceremony at The Warwickshire Golf and Country Club, Heather was announced as the winner. The judges said they felt that StageScreen and StageScreen MTA had a vision and a purpose and unlike similar businesses, it addresses self-development.

The awards were delivered in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses and recognise women who have set up a business on their own.

Heather, of course, receives great support from her team of tutors, the youngsters who attend classes and workshops and their supportive parents and she dedicated the award to them.

She said: “I am delighted that we can now forever be known as  ‘The Award-Winning Performing Arts and Film School’. It’s a wonderful achievement for StageScreen.”

Heather Gallagher Solopreneur award

Heather and the other finalists enjoyed an afternoon of inspiration, celebration and networking with keynote speakers who included actor, vlogger and self-development coach Holly Matthews (pictured below, left, with Heather), who shot to fame in the BBC series Byker Grove before taking on roles in Waterloo Road, Doctors, Casualty and The Bill.

Holly Matthew and Heather Gallagher pictured with their awardsShe also runs The Happy Me Project, which she launched following the death of her young husband, Ross. She raised £11,000 for the Warwickshire hospice that cared for Ross in his final days.

After speaking, Holly was also presented with a Special Award by WomanWho founder Sandra Garlick.

Heather said: “It was a privilege and an inspiration to hear Holly’s story and to meet her and enjoy a chat.”