The NatWest everywoman Awards for female founders have opened for nominations.
Nominations for the 2021 NatWest everywoman Awards which celebrate inspirational female founders are now open.
The 2021 award categories are as follows:
FORTUNA – For a stand-out individual who invests in women-founded businesses
GAIA – For an inspirational female founder of a social enterprise who has combined strong community benefit with a sustainable business model
APHRODITE –For a woman who founded her business whilst raising a child/children aged 12 or under
BRAND OF THE FUTURE – For a female founder of a business that demonstrates great potential for growth
ARTEMIS – For an inspirational woman running a business trading 18 months to three years
DEMETER –For an inspirational woman running a business trading three to five years
ATHENA – For an inspirational woman running a business trading six to nine years
HERA – For an inspirational woman running a business trading for 10 years or more
The NatWest everywoman Awards, which have been running for 19 years, are free to enter and are judged by a panel of respected female entrepreneurs whose own journeys mirror those of the entrants. Past judges have included: Rosaleen Blair CBE (Alexander Mann Solutions); Chrissie Rucker OBE (The White Company), Kanya King CBE (MOBO Organisation), and Melissa Odabash. Patron of the awards is Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers.
Karen Gill, Co-Founder of everywoman, says: “Times of economic crisis often create entrepreneurial opportunities . We have no doubt that the global pandemic will lead to more women starting their own businesses, but in order for them to succeed it is crucial that they have a network to support them – personally, professionally and financially. In partnership with our esteemed judging panel, we aim to identify those women who are breaking business boundaries and whose inspirational journeys will inspire, motivate and pave the way for more women business owners.”
Yvonne Greeves, Director of Women in Business, at NatWest, says: “As we start to emerge from the Covid-19 era, NatWest’s research A Springboard to Recovery shows that SMEs are likely to be the answer to economic recovery – if they have access to personalised, targeted support. Female-led businesses will continue to play a key role, and we believe that they can add £50bn to the UK economy by 2030. The everywoman awards, by showcasing the best of female entrepreneurship continues to inspire women to start and scale businesses. And we continue to work with everywoman in providing support for female entrepreneurs through our team of 800 Women in Business specialists.”
Entries for the awards close on 5th July and winners will be announced at a ceremony in December. For further information and to nominate visit everywoman.com/ewawards