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2015 NatWest everywoman Awards

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winners announced in 2015 NatWest everywoman Awards

 

Find out the winners of the 2015 NatWest everywoman Awards.

 

For 12 years running we’ve uncovered a generation of role models to inspire the next, and the awards have remained an impartial endorsement for female entrepreneurs. Previous winners and finalists have told us the programme has taken their business to a whole new level, giving fantastic PR coverage both regionally and nationally.

 

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When and where
Date: 
2nd December 2015
Start time: 
12:00PM
The Dorchester
53 Park Ln
W1K 1QA London
United Kingdom
GB
Nominations
Nominations

Categories

The Artemis Award - this Award will go to the most inspirational woman running a business which has been trading for a minimum of 18 months up to three years.

The Demeter Award - this Award will go to the most inspirational woman running a business which has been trading between three and six years (inclusive).

The Athena Award - this Award will go to the most inspirational woman running a business which has been trading between seven and 11 years (inclusive).

The Hera Award - this Award will go to the most inspirational woman running a business which has been trading for 12 years or more.

The Iris Award - this special Award is given to the most inspirational and successful female entrepreneur who runs a business that uses technology in an innovative and disruptive way.

The Aphrodite 'Mumpreneur' Award - This special Award will go to a woman who founded her business whilst raising a child/children aged 12 or under.

Top Tips for Completing a Nomination

One sure-fire way of getting noticed for the NatWest everywoman Awards is a really good, well completed nomination form. Make sure you take your time over your nomination, so that you tell us absolutely everything that displays the nominee's brilliance, and double check that all the contact details are correct.

  • Word limits aren't a recommendation - nominations that include answers that are below the word limit are very unlikely to be considered
  • Give us enough detail so we can fully grasp the nominee's achievements
  • Be specific but make sure you stick to the point

Business success

  • How has the business evolved and grown - has it moved location is it local/international, taken on employees, has the turnover increased, has the distribution/delivery branched out into new territories/industries?
  • What’s the year-on-year increase within the business – staff, turnover, customers?
  • What impact has the business had on its industry sector? Is it beating competitors, or providing strong competition to bigger names?
  • What were the goals when the business started? Has it over-achieved? Has the business vision changed?

Overcoming challenges

  • Did the nominee face any financial restrictions or funding/investment barriers?
  • Were there any legal issues?
  • Were there any personal issues that had to be overcome - e.g. family commitments, confidence?
  • Did the nominee learn new skills for the business, take courses or gain qualifications?
  • Were there any economic issues that acted as a barrier – unemployment or having to let staff go? Did the nominee have a previous business that didn't work out?
  • Did the nominee have to break industry barriers in making the business a success – e.g. making a name for themselves in a male-dominated industry, or entering a new and untested industry?

Personal achievements

  • What achievements has the nominee made in their business career – have they won any awards, qualifications or accreditations?
  • What personal achievements has the nominee made that has inspired them to become successful in business – have they climbed a mountain, completed a marathon, invested in other successful businesses or lobbied the local council for change?

Support your nomination

Remember, you can submit supporting evidence to your nomination in the form of press releases, news articles, photographs, testimonials or other items which you think will help the judges make informed decisions about the nominee's business. Please submit any supporting documents together in one document, 4-sides maximum. Make sure you are not sending us originals as they cannot be returned. Please note, we are unable to accept testimonials directly from your clients.  Please email to events@everywoman.com< or alternatively post to Events Administrator, Everywoman Ltd, 17 Wootton Street, London SE1 8TG before the closing date of 6 July 2015.

Judges
Judges

Amanda Wakeley

Amanda Wakeley

Angela Bates

IBM UK and Ireland

Anna Lee

STORM

Avril Owton MBE

Cloud Hotel

Camilla Stephens

Higgidy

Cath Kidston MBE

Cath Kidston Limited

Chrissie Rucker

The White Company

Christina Vaughan

CueSongs

Dame Mary Perkins

Specsavers Optical Group

Joanna Hansford

Jo Hansford

Kanya King MBE

MOBO Group

Karen Gill MBE

Everywoman Ltd
Maxine Benson, everywoman co-founder

Maxine Benson MBE

Everywoman Ltd

Perween Warsi CBE

S&A Foods

Rosaleen Blair

Alexander Mann Solutions

Ruth Sunderland

Associate City Editor

Sam Smith

finnCap

Sarah Anderson CBE

Simple Solutions Ltd

Sharon Hilditch MBE

Crystal Clear Skincare

Simon Baker

IBM

Wendy Hallett MBE

Hallett Retail - The Concession People
Partners & sponsors
Partners & Sponsors
NatWest

We are delighted to support the NatWest everywoman awards for the 13th year in a row. These awards have showcased many excellent role models over the years, and have offered great encouragement to female entrepreneurs at all stages of their business journey. At NatWest, we have seen a tangible increase in the number of women starting up in business, and we continue to be committed to encouraging more women to do so. To this end, we have a network of over 240 externally accredited Women in Business Specialists across the country who share and understand our customers' ambitions, and provide business advice, networking and mentoring opportunities to help them build successful businesses and fulfil their potential.

Crystal Clear International

The Artemis Category Sponsor

Crystal Clear is proud to sponsor the NatWest everywoman Artemis award for the most inspirational woman running a business who is aged 25 or under. This is the fourth year Crystal Clear has sponsored the Artemis award and it is one that Crystal Clear founder Sharon Hilditch, MBE, is most passionate about.  Having started her own career at a young age, Sharon Hilditch recognises the tremendous support and encouragement everywoman gives to this next generation of young women entrepreneurs.

The Daily Mail

The Aphrodite Award Sponsor

The Daily Mail is proud to sponsor the NatWest everywoman Aphrodite award for Mumpreneurs for the first time this year. We hope to support Mumpreneurs and to recognise the achievements of women who take on the twin challenge of starting a business and raising a family. The Daily Mail has more ABC1 readers than any other daily newspaper and Mail Online is the biggest newspaper website in the world. We reach more than 20 million readers a month in print and online.

IBM
IBM logo

Iris Award Sponsor

IBM is a proud supporter of everywoman and delighted to be the sponsor of the Iris Award. For over 100 years now, IBM has aspired to innovate, to apply technology make the world work better and deliver sustainable long term outcomes for the world we live in.  Often it's a simple solution which allows us to disrupt the way things are usually done and make a real difference.  Businesses which collaborate and apply technology in an innovative and disruptive way are key to creating a Smarter Planet.

The White Company

Brand of the Future Sponsor

The White Company is delighted to sponsor the newly created Brand of the Future Award. Introduced in NatWest everywoman’s 13th year, the award will recognise a stand-out company from those shortlisted amongst the finalists. Judged by The White Company, the Brand of The Future award will be presented by founder Chrissie Rucker, MBE, to a brand that demonstrates huge potential for growth.   This year, The White Company is celebrating its 21st anniversary. What began as a small mail-order concept for beautifully designed, affordable home accessories (mainly in white) has become a hugely well-recognised and respected brand. Today, The White Company has grown into one of the most-established multi-channel retailers nationally, with a strong international presence. Chrissie Rucker and The White Company passionately believe in everywoman’s invaluable support of women in all aspects of business life, helping them to achieve their full potential. Still at the heart of the business today, Chrissie is a dedicated working mum with four children.

Worldpay

Demeter Award Sponsor

We are proud to be supporting female entrepreneurship and women in business for the second year running. Every day, we provide products and services that make it easier for businesses to take payments and get online. We are their trusted payments partner, helping anticipate buying behaviour, and ultimately converting more sales. We work with all types and sizes of business, so whether you’re just starting out, or work for a global business, we can help you get ahead.

EDF Energy
EDF logo

EDF Energy is honoured to sponsor the 2015 everywoman Awards Reception. We embrace the everywoman ethos and, through our Women’s Network, aim to support all women in EDF Energy to achieve their career goals. We equip them to reach full potential and create a supportive culture. This approach links to Feel Better Energy - a promise to our customers and our way of doing business. We look forward to congratulating this year's finalists and winners.

Alexander Mann Solutions
Dragon Infrastructure Solutions
Langland
Newberry International Produce Ltd
Buckley & Beale Ltd
Luminis
Tradition
Countryside Alliance
British Library
Winners
Winners

Find out more information about the winners of the 2015 Awards

 

The 2015 NatWest everywoman Award:

Ayesha Vardag, founder of London based law firm VARDAGS

 

The Spirit of everywoman Award:

Heather Rabbatts CBE

 

The everywoman Ambassador Award:

Mo Constantine OBE, co-founder of global beauty brand, Lush Cosmetics

 

The Brand of the Future Award - sponsored by The White Company:

Tamara Arbib, from London – Rebel Kitchen

 

The Artemis Award – sponsored by Crystal Clear International - for the most inspirational woman running a business which has been trading for between 18 months and three years:

Winner:

Suzanne Brock, Nutriment Ltd

Finalists:

Victoria Corcoran, The Pets Country Manor

Eleanor Heatley, Luminis 

 

The Demeter Award – sponsored by Worldpay - for the most inspirational woman running a business which has been trading for between three and six years:

Winner:

Poppy Mardall, Poppy’s Funerals

Finalists:

Tamara Gillan, Cherry London

Noreen Finnamore, Buckley & Beale Ltd

 

The Athena Award - for the most inspirational woman running a business which has been trading for between seven and eleven years:

Winner:

Clare Johnston,  The Up Group

Finalists:

Sarah Asfour, Funkyhampers.com

 

The Hera Award – for the most inspirational woman running a business which has been trading for 12 years or more:

Winner:

Gillian Pearson, Newberry International Produce & Smootheelicious Ltd

Finalists:

Joanna Chin, Langland

Julia Minchin, Hippychick Ltd

Debbie Edgar, Dragon Infrastructure Solutions Ltd

 

The Iris Award – sponsored by IBM – for the most inspirational and successful female entrepreneur who runs a business that uses technology in an innovative and disruptive way:

Winner:

Jen Hyatt, Big White Wall

Finalists:

Juliana Meyer, SupaPass

Alice Taylor,  MakieLab

 

The Aphrodite/ Mumpreneur Award – sponsored by the Daily Mail – this award will go to a woman who founded her business whilst raising a child/children aged 12 or under:

Winner:

Sarah Pittendrigh, Simply Bows and Chair Covers      

Finalists:

Lynda Harding, Sweet Dreamers Ltd

Nova smith, Tablet PC

 

View winners and finalists from previous NatWest everywoman Awards