Surrey: Surrey Board of Trade presented the 22nd winner of the Surrey Board of Trade Special Achievement Award to Laura Bradbury, in recognition of her work as a writer and her significant contribution to the community of writers. The Annual Surrey Writers’ Conference was held at the Sheraton Hotel, 

Laura has been able to turn her experiences into great reading.  She was born in Victoria but her life adventures led her and her husband to establish a network of vacation rentals in France.  Her first book about this adventure was entitled ‘My Grape Escape’. It hit number 1 on in France, and was listed in the top 100 memoirs.  Now her second book in the series called ‘My Grape Village’ is in the top 10 at Amazon.   

The Surrey Board of Trade has sponsored this award for 20 years because business people are writers themselves, working as journalists, public relations or marketing professionals, technical writers, publishers, and of course a few booksellers. “We have an interest in the business of writing and publishing. In a literate society, cultures and peoples are best remembered by the stories that survive them,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade.
 The purpose of the Surrey Board of Trade Special Achievement Award is to honor writers who have made a significant achievement in their writing careers during the past year.
1.   The person chosen to receive the award must be nominated by someone other than himself/herself.
2.   The recipient must be commercially or self-published within the last year.
3.   Nominees are those who have contributed to the writing community will be given priority consideration.
4.   Works can include books, poetry, short stories, and/or articles. There is no restriction on genre or topic.
The Surrey Board of Trade represents over 6,000 business contacts which employs over 60,000 people who work and live in Surrey.