2016 NatWest everywoman Awards


General information



Find out the winners of the 2016 NatWest everywoman Awards.

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For 14 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
7th December 2016
The Dorchester,
53 Park Lane,
W1K 1QA London
United Kingdom

Nominations have now closed.

Who Can Enter?

The NatWest everywoman Awards are open to any female business owner whether they operate as a limited company, sole trader, or in partnership with others. The awards celebrate the woman behind the business, her personal successes and achievements and how she individually inspires others. As such, we cannot accept joint nominations.

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. Please email to events@everywoman.com before the closing date of 11 July 2016.

Terms and Conditions

  • Entrants must be based or have their chief operations in the UK
  • Entrants must be able to demonstrate that they are the key owner of the business and must have been in business for longer than 18 months as of the nomination deadline (11 July 2016)
  • Nominations and supporting evidence must be received by the deadline of 11 July 2016
  • Please ensure nominees are available on the scheduled Judging Day (in Central London on 5 October 2016) and the Awards Ceremony (on 7 December 2016) in the potential outcome of being selected as a successful finalist.
  • A nomination form will need to be completed for each entrant. The information provided will be disclosed only to the judges, the staff of everywoman, the category sponsor and our key partner, NatWest.
  • Trading date criteria for categories should be met as the deadline of 6 July 2015 (e.g. a Artemis nominee should be trading between 18 months and 3 years as of 4 July 2016).
  • Previous applicants to the NatWest everywoman Awards are invited to reapply, and will need to complete a new online nomination with up-to-date information about their business.
  • Details provided in the nomination form will potentially be used for press releases and web content if the nominee is placed as a finalist or winner, so please ensure it is factually correct - we will not be liable for inaccuracies published based on nomination content and changes may not be possible after publication


  • All successful entrants will be contacted by 22 September 2016  if required to attend Judging Day
  • There will be one winner per category and one recipient of the NatWest everywoman Award. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into before or after the judging.
  • All decisions regarding the judging process are made by our independent judging panel. The everywoman team do not influence this process
  • Due to the large number of nominations received, the judging panel are unable to provide individual feedback.

The Benefits:

"There have been huge opportunities which simply wouldn’t have come our way without the award, such as a double page feature in Woman and Home magazine. But the best thing by far has been the confidence it has given me. I’ve always had big ambitions for Poppy’s Funerals but now I feel there’s no limit to what we can do. The recognition the NatWest everywoman Awards gives you completely amplifies your sense of what is possible." Poppy Mardall, Poppy's Funerals

"It’s given us more credibility as a business and the confidence to know we can make it, so that’s a real boost for everyone at Rebel. We all work so hard, and we celebrate that as a team, but it’s great to have the external recognition." Tamara Arbib, Rebel Kitchen

"From a professional point of view, the media and networking opportunities have been outstanding. Additionally, the gravitas that the award commands has raised the business profile along with my own personal profile. This is an important factor when you are a small business and you need to punch above your weight." Sarah Heward, Real Food Café

This year's finalists are:

The Artemis award

Sponsored by Crystal Clear – for an inspirational woman running a business trading 18 months to three years:

Helena Beard from Brighton, East Sussex – China Travel Outbound


Pip Murray from London – Pip & Nut


Hannah Uruci from Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire – BRS Cleaning Contractors


The Demeter Award 

Sponsored by Nutriment – for an inspirational woman running a business trading for between three and five years:

Becky Fatemi from London – Rokstone


Grace Lachowicz from London – Dekko Interiors


Helen Lord from Widnes, Cheshire – Used Kitchen Exchange


The Athena Award

For an inspirational woman running a business trading for between six and nine years:

Joanne Bass from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire – XL Displays


Jo Loveridge from Maidstone, Kent – Albany Funerals


Rachel Ray from Manchester – Bright & Beautiful


The Hera Award

For an inspirational woman running a business trading for 10 years or more:

Clare Harris from London – Talking Tables


Debbie Heald from Hornsea, North Humberside – Heald


Paula Rogers from London – Admiral Recruitment


The Iris Award

Sponsored by Dell, for an inspirational woman running a business that uses technology in an innovative and disruptive way:

Fiona Hudson–Kelly from Rugby, Warwickshire – Smart Assessor


Kate McLaughlin from London – We Got POP


Amber Vodegel from Godalming, Surrey – Health & Parenting


The Aphrodite Award

Sponsored by the Daily Mail – for a mumpreneur who founded her business whilst raising children aged 12 or under:

Fiona Barratt–Campbell from London – Fiona Barratt Interiors and FBC London


Dana Denis–Smith from London – Obelisk Support


Hillary Graves from London – Little Dish


Brand of the Future

Sponsored by The White Company – for an entrepreneur whose early stage business demonstrates huge potential for growth:

Jo-Anne Chidley from Glasgow – Beauty Kitchen


Hannah Dale from Brigg, Lincolnshire – Wrendale Designs


Helena Hill from Bristol – TrueStart Coffee


Alice Walsh from London – Alice Made This



Amanda Wakeley OBE

Founder & Creative Director, Amanda Wakeley

Anna Lee

Co-Founder STORM

Avril Owton MBE

Proprietor Cloud Hotel

Cath Kidston MBE

Founder Cath Kidston Limited

Chrissie Rucker MBE

Founder The White Company

Joanna Hansford

Managing Director Jo Hansford

Julia Hands MBE

Chairman & CEO Hand Picked Hotels Ltd

Lynne Cadenhead

Director & CEO Emotional Sciences Ltd & Bio ID Security

Rita Sharma OBE

Founder & Managing Director Best At Travel

Rosaleen Blair

CEO and Founder Alexander Mann Solutions

Sam Smith

CEO finnCap

Sarah Anderson CBE

Director Simple Solutions Ltd

Sharon Hilditch MBE

Founder and CEO Crystal Clear Skincare
Jessica Butcher

Jessica Butcher

Co-founder & Director Blippar
Wendy Hallett

Wendy Hallett MBE

Managing Director Hallett Retail - The Concession People
Partners & sponsors
Partners & Sponsors
Would you like to demonstrate your company’s support for female entrepreneurs? Talk to us about supporting our awards by contacting Seema Bennett – 020 7981 2574 or seema@everywoman.com.

Title Partner


We are delighted to support the NatWest everywoman awards for the 14th 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 and succeeding in business, and we continue to be committed to encouraging more women to do so. To this end, we have a network of over 300 externally accredited Women in Business Specialists across the country who share and understand our customers' ambitions, and provide business support, networking and mentoring opportunities to help them build successful businesses and fulfil their potential. 

Category Sponsor: Aphrodite

The Daily Mail

The Daily Mail is proud to sponsor the NatWest everywoman Aphrodite award for Mumpreneurs once again 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.

Category Sponsor: Artemis Award

Crystal Clear

We are very proud to be involved with everywoman and the work that they do to advance women in business. Sponsoring the Artemis award this year is fantastic, as it means we get to help recognise a relatively new business woman and her success so far. Having these kind of amazing achievements early on can really help spur you on and keep you going towards something even more wonderful!

Category Sponsor: Demeter Award

Nutriment Ltd
Nutriment logo

Nutriment is extremely proud to be the sponsor of the Demeter Award for the most inspirational woman running a business of 3 to 5 years.  Suzanne Brock, Nutriment’s Managing Director, won the Artemis Award last year and as a new business owner found the support of everywoman to be an inspiring and invaluable experience.

Not only does the everywoman Awards promote the achievements of women in business, it also offers inspiration, motivation and support to any woman who dreams of starting her own business.  To have an organisation such as everywoman champion women from all walks of life succeeding in their chosen field is  extraordinary in itself and we are very excited to be a part of the event this year.

Category Sponsor: Iris Award


Dell is proud to support the Iris Award, given to the most inspirational and successful female entrepreneur who runs a business that uses technology in an innovative and disruptive way. The Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) unites top global women business owners in a vibrant entrepreneurial community. By spotlighting female entrepreneurial success and creating a supportive atmosphere, DWEN helps like-minded women share best practices, build business opportunities through collaboration, explore international expansion and access new resources that support business growth.

Category Sponsor: Brand of the Future

The White Company

The White Company is delighted to sponsor the newly created Brand of the Future Award for the 2nd year. Introduced last year 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 company that demonstrates a strong brand with great potential for growth. The award includes 6 half-day sessions of mentoring for the winner from Chrissie and the team at The White Company. The White Company is in its 22nd year of business from 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 British brand.  Chrissie, who is still very much at the heart of the business today is a working mum with four children.  When asked the reason for sponsoring the award Chrissie says “I have been lucky enough to be given some really wonderful pieces of advice over the years from colleagues and mentors.  It has helped the business grow and develop enormously.  I hope by sharing some of this experience with the winner it will be helpful for another young brand with a great future ahead of it”. 



Table Sponsors

Alexander Mann Solutions
Fiona Barratt Interiors
Bayer PLC
Talking Tables

Reception sponsor


Distribution Partners

British Library
Lady Val’s Professional Women’s Network
Working Mums

Find out more information about the winners of the 2016 Awards

The 2016 NatWest everywoman Award:

Grace Lachowicz, founder of Dekko Interiors


The Spirit of everywoman Award:

Eileen Pullen and Gwen Davis on behalf of veterans of the Ford Motors Dagenham dispute


The everywoman Ambassador Award:

Marcia Kilgore, the serial entrepreneur responsible for Bliss Spa, Soap & Glory, FitFlop and, most recently, Soaper Duper natural bath and body products


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

Helena Hills, founder of TrueStart Coffee.


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:


Pip Murray, Pip & Nut 


Hannah Uruci, BRS Cleaning Contractors

Helena Beard, China Travel Outbound


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


Helen Lord, Used Kitchen Exchange


Grace Lachowicz, Dekko Interiors

Becky Fatemi,  Rokstone


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


Joanne Bass,  XL Displays


Jo Loveridge, Albany Funerals

Rachel Ray, Bright & Beautiful



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


Clare Harris - Talking Tables 


Debbie Heald, Heald

Paula Rogers, Admiral Recruitment

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


Fiona Hudson–Kelly, Smart Assessor


Kate McLaughlin, We Got POP

Amber Vodegel, Health & Parenting

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:


Hillary Graves, Little Dish   


Dana Denis–Smith, Obelisk Support

Fiona Barratt–Campbell, Fiona Barratt Interiors and FBC London


View winners and finalists from previous NatWest everywoman Awards