Awards aim to inspire women in business

The 2022 everywoman Awards have opened for entries, celebrating 20 years of promoting inspirational role models.


The 2022 everywoman Awards – the 20th annual Awards – have opened and aim to celebrate the best of female business innovation.

The Awards, which close on 11th July, have led to some of the 400 plus winning female business owners being invited to front UK trade and industry campaigns, to participate in international trade missions as well as to meet The Queen.

The number of women starting businesses has risen significantly since they were first launched.  In 2002 men were more than twice as likely to be in the early stages of starting a business than a woman, but last year 140,000 companies were established by all-women teams, the first time that number has outstripped male-led companies. The number of women launching new businesses is growing by a third each year, with young female entrepreneurs increasing particularly rapidly, says everywoman.

However, women in business still face challenges, including over confidence and access to funding.  Research suggests that women in the UK launch with, on average, 53% less capital than their male counterparts and male entrepreneurs are 86% more likely to be funded by venture capital. However, everywoman says women are overall about 10% less likely to report a business closure than men.

everywoman adds that 76% of former Award winners agree that their Award has positively impacted their business and 63% said it improved their personal and professional confidence.

Karen Gill, Co-Founder of everywoman, said: “We are thrilled to be celebrating 20 years of the everywoman Awards and look back on the hundreds of women who have benefitted from the network and platform that the Awards provide. With female entrepreneurship at a record high, it is crucial that they have a network to support them – personally, professionally, and financially, to ensure their success. In partnership with our esteemed judging panel, we aim to identify those women who are breaking business boundaries and whose journeys to success will inspire, motivate and pave the way for more female business owners.”

The 2022 award categories are as follows:

• Aphrodite Award – awarded to a woman who founded her business whilst raising a child/children aged 12 or under
• Artemis Award – awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading for 18 months to three years
• Athena Award – awarded to the most inspirational business trading from six to nine years
• Brand of the Future – sponsored by The White Company – awarded to the female founder of a business that demonstrates great potential for growth, the winner of this Award will receive a mentoring session with Chrissie Rucker OBE, Founder of The White Company
• Demeter Award – sponsored by Nutriment – awarded to the most inspirational women running a business trading from three to five years
• Gaia Award – awarded to the most inspirational and successful female founder of a social enterprise who has combined strong community benefit with a sustainable business model
• Hera Award – awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading for 10 years or more

The everywoman Awards are free to enter and are judged by a panel of entrepreneurs whose own journeys mirror those of the entrants. Judges include: Rosaleen Blair CBE (Alexander Mann Solutions); Chrissie Rucker OBE (The White Company), Kanya King CBE (MOBO Organisation) and Melissa Odabash. The awards are under the patronage of the UK’s most successful female entrepreneur, Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in London on 8th December 2022. For further information visit

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