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The UK’s longest-running awards programme for female entrepreneurs has opened for nominations and this year includes a new award for an inspirational ‘mumpreneur’.
The 13th NatWest everywoman Awards will also see the core award categories focusing on the age of the business, demonstrating the different achievements and challenges faced by business owners at various stages of the enterprise journey. The Awards are:
– The Artemis Award, presented to an inspirational woman whose business has traded between 18 months and up to three years
– The Demeter Award, presented to an inspirational woman whose business has traded for between three and six years
– The Athena Award, presented to an inspirational woman whose business has traded between seven and 11 years
– The Hera Award, presented to an inspirational woman whose business has traded for 12 years or more
– The Iris Award, supported by IBM, presented to an inspirational woman whose business growth and success has been greatly improved through successful implementation and use of technology.
The new award, the Aphrodite Award, supported by the Daily Mail, will be presented to an inspirational ‘mumpreneur’, who founded her business whilst raising a child or children aged 12 or younger.
Previous Award winners include Jo Malone MBE, Hilary Devey CBE, Kelly Hoppen MBE and Dame Karren Brady. Their prime purpose is “to identify and celebrate the achievements of the many women who are running successful business, contributing to UK Plc whilst providing employment and training opportunities”.
Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman, says: “These Awards demonstrate the different challenges faced by business owners at every stage of their maturity from the start ups seeking access to finance through to global organisations expanding into new overseas markets. 2015 is set to be a breakout year for women in business with the proportion of female business owners at 20% (up from 14% in 2008) and a growing number of women on Boards. We have to encourage this trend to ensure women in the UK fulfil their entrepreneurial potential and to support a stronger economy and fairer society.”
The Awards are judged by some of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, including Chrissie Rucker MBE (The White Company), Amanda Wakeley OBE, Cath Kidston MBE, Wendy Hallett MBE (Hallett Retail) and Rosaleen Blair (Alexander Mann Solutions).
The winners will be announced at a ceremony held on 2 December 2015 .