The NatWest everywoman Awards are one such opportunity to highlight inspirational businesswomen who have achieved significant success, often in the face of adversity be it financial constraints, social disadvantage or skills gaps. The winners have provided generations of would be entrepreneurs with the courage to fulfil their aspirations and venture into the field of business.
As well as the core awards categories by age group, the NatWest everywoman Awards also attracts some of the UK’s biggest names in entrepreneurship.
Famous faces such as Apprentice star, Karren Brady; Dame Mary Perkins, founder of Specsavers and the UK’s first self-made female billionaire; The White Company Founder Chrissie Rucker; perfumer to the A list, Jo Malone, Jenni Murray of Woman’s Hour; and former MI5 head Dame Stella Rimmington are previous award recipients and have subsequently become everywoman Ambassadors, championing enterprise amongst women in the UK.
Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman says, “Women of all generations face difficult times in a fragile economy, but for those leaving education and those facing retirement, the challenges are more acute. The NatWest everywoman Awards are here to demonstrate that no matter what your age, education or circumstances, business ownership can provide a solution and a rewarding opportunity. Every year our awards uncover incredible stories that deserve to be brought to the attention of the wider public.”
“Carolyn Currie, Head of Women in Business, NatWest says; “Encouraging businesses to flourish is fundamental to the future health and prosperity of UK businesses and we are delighted to support everywoman for the past 10 years. Every year we see some truly amazing female entrepreneurs who have faced difficult challenges. These women deserve all the praise and recognition for their achievements. At NatWest we are here to help them through this journey and guide them with the best mentoring and advice to be successful. Our 200 women in business ambassadors around the country are committed to providing guidance and encouragement every step of the way”
The Awards are free to enter and applications are made online at: www.everywoman.com/ewawards
and will be judged by a panel of accomplished businesswomen and entrepreneurs.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony held on 7 December 2011 at The Dorchester Hotel in London with influential businesswomen, politicians, media and VIPS who will celebrate their achievement.