NatWest everywoman Awards open for nominations

Nominations are open for this year’s NatWest everywoman Awards.


Nominations are being sought for this year’s NatWest everywoman Awards which celebrate businesswomen whose vision and industry have seen their companies grow from fledgling startups into profitable organisations.

The Awards are free to enter and the nominations are judged by a panel of female entrepreneurs whose own journeys mirror those of the entrants: Rosaleen Blair CBE (Alexander Mann); Joanna Hansford (Jo Hansford); Chrissie
Rucker MBE (The White Company); Cath Kidston MBE (Cath Kidston); Melissa Odabash; and Poonam Gupta OBE (PG Paper), amongst others. The awards are under the patronage of the UK’s most successful female entrepreneur, Dame Mary Perkins, Founder of Specsavers.

Karen Gill MBE, Co-Founder of everywoman, said: “The [recent ] Rose Review upholds what we have been saying for 20 years, that if women have the necessary support, we will see a significant jump in female-run businesses and an economic boost worth £250 billion. Much has changed since we launched everywoman in 1999; the internet was in its infancy and funding for female entrepreneurs was non-existent, yet without more action the fiscal potential will remain unrealised. Our Awards provide a vital platform to celebrate and share the experiences of inspirational business owners and we urge talented entrepreneurs to put themselves forward and acknowledge their achievements.”

The Awards bring not only recognition, but also help to scale up in the form of access to business advice, mentoring and networking opportunities.

They will feature eight categories for businesses in the early stages through to established companies which have successfully scaled. New for 2019 is the Fortuna Award, recognising a woman who has made an impact on a female-founded business through investment.

The 2019 award categories are as follows:

– FORTUNA – Recognising a stand-out individual who invests in women-founded businesses
– GAIA – Celebrating an inspirational female founder of a social enterprise who has combined strong community benefit with a sustainable business model
– APHRODITE – sponsored by the Daily Mail – Awarded to a woman who founded her business whilst raising a child/children aged 12 or under
– BRAND OF THE FUTURE – sponsored by The White Company – Awarded to the female founder of a business that demonstrates great potential for growth
– ARTEMIS – Awarded to an inspirational woman running a business trading for 18 months to three years
– DEMETER – Awarded to an inspirational woman running a business trading from three to five years
– ATHENA – Awarded to an inspirational woman running a business trading from six to nine years
– HERA – Awarded to an inspirational woman running a business trading for 10 years or more

Entries close on 8 July. This year’s winners will be announced at a ceremony on 3 December 2019 at Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel. For further information and to nominate visit

*Pictured are last year’s winners.

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