Helen Fospero excited to be hosting Mail's 2012 Business Awards
IN TOUGH economic times, it is even more important for businesses to showcase their success.
This is one of the reasons Helen Fospero says she is so excited to be hosting this year's Mail News & Media Business Awards.
As a regular face on ITV as a host of Daybreak and Lorraine, Helen has also worked for Sky News, Five, BBC and GMTV.
Helen, who has previously worked in Hull presenting BBC's Look North, said: "I've always felt proud of how many successful businesses we have both sides of the Humber.
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"The area is rich with talent, innovation and great business sense."
Helen said that letting people know what you are up to and how you are managing to get through in these lean times is important not only for your staff morale but for generating new business.
She said: "In these tough economic times, it's even more important businesses showcase their success and these awards are the perfect platform to do so.
"I'm really looking forward to hosting the ceremony later this year.
"There's nothing like a northern welcome and I know I'll enjoy meeting the nominees and winners."
This year's Mail News & Media Awards are a chance for the region's smaller companies and start-ups to be celebrated as well as the larger, more established companies to shout about their success.
The awards also provide the opportunity for businesses to pay tribute to their hardworking team and let everyone know about the impressive work they carry out.
Helen will act as compere throughout the event at the Willerby Manor on November 15.
And she brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge.
Having trained as a journalist in Lincolnshire, Helen then moved to London before relocating to New York where she spent three years as GMTV's US correspondent.
And she is certainly no stranger to award ceremonies having worked the red carpet both behind and in front of the camera.
Earlier this year, the popular presenter also hosted the first ever Renewables Awards, which were held at The Deep and saw individuals, businesses and other organisations committed to the development of renewables in the region be recognised for their achievements.
She said: "It was a terrific evening and fascinating to learn how the region is trailblazing as far as renewables are concerned.
"We have a lot to be proud of and have moved with the times, staying at the cutting edge. I love coming back to the north.
"My family still live in Grimsby and it's good to escape the madness of London and crazy breakfast hours."