Dr Nagwa Radwan is no stranger to championing women in business.
As the director of an independent educational consultants specialist company, she travels to the Gulf States regularly to assist international students with applications to study in the UK.
But as a female she is often faced with obstacles in these countries, where women do not typically hold senior positions in business, and she is forced to travel with a male chaperone.
“Just getting a visa can be challenging,” she said.
“Saudi Arabia is my biggest market – it is all men that I deal with out there.
“I am one woman in a thousand in this business. It is difficult as a female.
“A lot of my business is in the Middle East. I have travelled a lot and studied in a few different countries, so I know we have a lot to offer in the UK.
“I like to see myself as an ambassador for British education and I promote it strongly.”
The director of UKUD International Education Consultancy, whose business is based at NBV Enterprise House, Shipstone Business Centre, Nottingham, has been nominated for the inspirational woman of the year category of the Nottingham Post’s Women in Business Awards.
The mother-of-two added: “The nomination means a lot to me.
“It would be great if I could win.”
After launching her business in 2008, the 40-year-old, of Toton, supports between 200 and 400 international students with their move to the UK each year. This contributes to up to £40m to the UK economy – £2.5m of which comes to Nottingham through students she helps bring to Nottingham Trent University and local colleges. Dr Radwan, who employs one member of staff and uses the services of a number of external organisations to do admin work, worked in education before setting up her business, as a lecturer and collaboration and placement manager.