These awards, in their eleventh year, differentiate themselves by recognising business success at every stage of maturity – from embryonic start-ups demonstrating promise to established enterprises that are making a significant contribution to the British economy.
Those rewarded will join the ranks of past winners; Chrissie Rucker MBE, Jo Malone MBE, Cath Kidston MBE, Hilary Devey and Dame Mary Perkins as well as the dozens of other women of all ages, household names of tomorrow, who are leading successful businesses the length and breadth of the country.
The number of people setting up their own businesses has jumped by 367,000 since the start of the downturn in 2008, demonstrating how while necessity may be the mother of invention, a recession can be the mother of innovation.
Every year, these awards demonstrate how women from all backgrounds are turning to entrepreneurship to realise their career ambitions.
The NatWest everywoman Awards are free to enter and individuals can be nominated or can enter themselves. The core award categories are:
Artemis – given to the most inspirational woman running a business who is aged 25 or under.
Demeter – awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business who is aged between 26 and 35.
Athena – presented to the most inspirational woman running a business who is aged between 36 and 49.
Hera – for the most inspirational woman running a business who is aged 50 or over.
Specialist categories include:
Iris – presented to the most inspirational and successful female entrepreneur who runs a technology business that makes a difference provides real solutions in the world today and, ultimately, is instrumental in building a smarter planet.
Hestia – for the most inspirational and successful female entrepreneur who runs a business in a remote rural location and makes a contribution to the local community.
Gaia – awarded to the most inspirational and successful female entrepreneur who runs a business with a clearly defined social and/or ethical purpose at its heart.
Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder and director of everywoman comments: “These awards recognise that starting and building a successful enterprise does not come with an instruction manual. We understand that business success is driven by women of all ages, from all backgrounds, across industry sectors.
Over the years we have recognised hundreds of women who exhibit diverse skills and characteristics that have helped them succeed. Enterprise has never been more popular, and it is encouraging that so many more women are pursuing this route. We want to search out and identify the country’s hidden female entrepreneurs, whether they are just a year into their journey or are growing an established business turning over millions of pounds. By spreading the word about the triumphs of these trailblazing women, others will appreciate how rewarding owning a business can be, and have the confidence to follow in their footsteps.”
Nominations are made online at http://www.everywoman.com/ewawards until 8 July and will be judged by a panel of accomplished businesswomen and entrepreneurs.