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2017 NatWest everywoman Awards

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Celebrating 15 years of female entrepreneurs redefining British Business

A NatWest everywoman Award winner receiving her trophy on stage
A winner of the NatWest everywoman Awards holding her trophy
Two women attendees of the NatWest everywoman Awards posing for a photograph at their table

 

Nominations for the 2017 NatWest everywoman Awards have now closed. 

Now in its fifteenth year, the NatWest everywoman Awards will once again celebrate the success of Britain’s top female entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey – from young businesses to those who have established multi-million pound organisations. Every year these Awards attract hundreds of entries and all finalists and winners have reaped the benefits of entering everywoman’s flagship programme transforming them into pioneering role models for future business owners.

The NatWest everywoman Awards celebrates the UK’s brightest female entrepreneurs, from innovative start-ups to established multi-million-pound organisations while showcasing the achievements of nominees, often in the face of adversity.

Becoming a finalist is an excellent way to raise both individual and company profiles, as well as encourage more women and young girls to consider becoming a female business owner. 

 

WHO IS IT FOR? 

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.

 

The Awards

  • ARTEMIS – sponsored by Crystal Clear - Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading for 18 months to 3 years
  • DEMETER – sponsored by Nutriment - Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading from 3 to 5 years
  • ATHENA – sponsored by Dell - Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading from 6 to 9 years
  • HERA – sponsored by EDF Energy - Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading for 10 years or more
  • GAIA – sponsored by Montezuma's Chocolates - Awarded to the most inspirational and successful female founder of a social enterprise who has combined strong community benefit with a sustainable business model
  • APHRODITE – sponsored by Daily Mail - Awarded to a woman who founded her business whilst raising a child/children aged 12 or under

Nominees for this year's NatWest everywoman Awards will also have the incredible opportunity to be considered for the Brand of the Future Category. The Brand of the Future Award - sponsored by The White Company - will be awarded to the female founder of a business that demonstrates great potential for growth. The winner of this Award will receive a mentoring session with Chrissie Rucker MBE, founder of The White Company, plus, up to 5 further mentoring sessions with your choice of Directors at The White Company. To qualify, companies must meet the following criteria:

  • Been trading for a minimum of 3, maximum of 8, years as of 3 July 2017
  • Is a retailer or manufacturer
  • Has a minimum of £100K turnover
  • Able to produce full P&L for previous 2 years
  • Must provide a 3 year business plan as supporting evidence

Nominees can put themselves forward to be considered for this category at the end of their submission. Nominees must enter another category before being considered for the Brand of The Future Award, it is not a stand alone category.

 

ALIGN YOUR BRAND WITH A MORE INCLUSIVE FUTURE 

Your organisation can also get involved with the 2017 NatWest everywoman Awards by joining NatWest and the Daily Mail and support women entrepreneurs. 

To find out more about how your company can get involved with the Awards please email contact@everywoman.com.


Key Dates

Nominations Open: 3 April 2017

Nominations Close: 10 July 2017

Judging Day:  5 October 2017     

Awards Ceremony: 6 December 2017

 


 

NatWest everywoman Awards 2016 from everywoman on Vimeo.

 
When and where
Date: 
6th December 2017
Start time: 
12:00PM
The Dorchester
53 Park Lane
W1K 1QA London
United Kingdom
GB
Finalists
This year's finalists are:

The finalists for the 2017 NatWest everywoman Awards

 

Aphrodite

Sponsored by Daily Mail - Awarded to a woman who founded her business whilst raising a child/children aged 12 or under.

Annabel Karmel NatWest everywoman Awards finalist
Annabel Karmel - Annabel Karmel Group Holdings Ltd
Kate Ball NatWest everywoman Awards finalist
Kate Ball - Mini First Aid
Tajinder Banwait NatWest everywoman Awards finalist
Tajinder Banwait - Urban Apothecary Limited

 

Artemis

Sponsored by Crystal Clear - Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading for 18 months to 3 years.

Hannah Duraid - picture pending
Hannah Duraid - The Great Escape Game
Sue Nelson
Sue Nelson - Breakthrough Funding Ltd
Sandra Sassow
Sandra Sassow - SEaB Energy Ltd

 

Athena

Sponsored by Dell - Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading from 6 to 9 years.

Anne Timpanay
Anne Timpanay - On Tap Plumbers
Lucy McCarraher
Lucy McCarraher - Rethink Press 
Georgina Hurcombe
Georgina Hurcombe - LoveLove Films

 


Demeter

Sponsored by Nutriment - Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading from 3 to 5 years.

Julie and Amy
Julie Wilson and Amy Livingstone - Cheeky Chompers
Sophie Eden
Sophie Eden - Gordon & Eden
Amy Cunningham - picture pending
Amy Cunningham - The Strings Club Ltd

 

Gaia

Sponsored by Montezuma's Chocolates - Awarded to the most inspirational and successful female founder of a social enterprise who has combined strong community benefit with a sustainable business model.

Harri Coleman
Harri Coleman - FABRIC Social Enterprise
Jenny Holloway
Jenny Holloway - Fashion Enter
Dulma Clark
Dulma Clark - Soul of Africa

 

Hera

Sponsored by EDF Energy - Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading for 10 years or more.

Jo Stroud
Jo Stroud - Mantra Jewellery
Penny Overy
Penny Overy - Cambridge Care Company
Victoria Robertshaw

Victoria Robertshaw - Keelham Farm Shop

 

Brand of the Future

Sponsored by The White Company - Awarded to the female founder of a business that demonstrates great potential for growth.

Phoebe Gormley
Phoebe Gormley - Gormley & Gamble
Whitney Hawkings
Whitney Bromberg Hawkings - FLOWERBX
Virginie Charles-Dear
Virginie Charles-Dear - toucanBox
Judges
Judges
Amanda Wakeley OBE, NatWest everywoman Award judge

Amanda Wakeley OBE

Founder & Creative Director, Amanda Wakeley
Anna Lee NatWest everywoman Awards judge

Anna Lee

Co-founder, STORM
Cath Kidston NatWest everywoman Awards judge

Cath Kidston MBE

Founder, Cath Kidston Ltd
Chrissie Rucker MBE NatWest everywoman Awards judge

Chrissie Rucker MBE

Founder, The White Company
Christina Vaughan NatWest everywoman Awards judge

Christina Vaughan

Founder, Nuala.tv
Farida Gibbs NatWest everywoman Awards judge

Farida Gibbs

CEO, Gibbs Hybrid Workforce Solutions
Helen Pattinson NatWest everywoman Awards judge

Helen Pattinson

Co-Founder & Director, Montezuma’s Chocolates
Jess Butcher NatWest everywoman Awards judge

Jessica Butcher

Co-founder & Director, Blippar
Joanna Hansford NatWest everywoman Awards judge

Joanna Hansford

Managing Director, Jo Hansford
Poonam Gupta NatWest everywoman Awards judge

Poonam Gupta OBE

CEO, PG Paper Company Ltd
Rita Sharma NatWest everywoman Awards judge

Rita Sharma OBE

Owner & Managing Director, Best At Travel
Rosaleen Blair NatWest everywoman Awards judge

Rosaleen Blair CBE

CEO & Founder, Alexander Mann Solutions
Sam Smith NatWest everywoman Awards judge

Sam Smith

CEO, finnCap
Sarah Anderson NatWest everywoman Awards judge

Sarah Anderson CBE

Chief Executive, The Listening Place
Sharon Hilditch NatWest everywoman Awards judge

Sharon Hilditch MBE

Founder & CEO, Crystal Clear International
Partners & sponsors
Partners & Sponsors

TITLE PARTNER

NATWEST
NatWest logo

We are delighted to support the NatWest everywoman awards for the 15th 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 scaling their business, and we continue to be committed to encouraging more women to do so. To this end, we have a network of over 400 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.  

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!

DEMETER AWARD

NUTRIMENT

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 in 2015 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.

ATHENA AWARD

DELL

HERA AWARD

EDF ENERGY
edf energy logo

GAIA AWARD

MONTEZUMA'S CHOCOLATE
Montezuma's logo

Montezuma’s Chocolates is delighted to be supporting the NatWest everywoman Gaia Award.  As a past NatWest everywoman Award winner herself, our co-founder Helen Pattinson knows the excitement and pride around winning such a prestigious award. As a business with ethics at our heart, we felt the Gaia Award, recognising founders of successful businesses with a social and community benefit, was a perfect fit. We look forward to enjoying an evening celebrating female founders and meeting this year’s winners and finalists.

APHRODITE AWARD

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.

BRAND OF THE FUTURE AWARD

THE WHITE COMPANY
The White Company logo

TABLE SPONSORS

ALEXANEDER MANN SOLUTIONS
BAYER PLC
EY
FINNCAP

 

 

FLOWERBX
SPECSAVERS
TRADITION
THE VET GROUP

 

RECEPTION SPONSOR

TAITTINGER
Book tickets
Book tickets

The 2017 NatWest everywoman Awards is now fully booked!

Winners
Winners

2017 NatWest everywoman Award

Victoria Robertshaw

Victoria Robertshaw - Keelham Farm Shop

 

Aphrodite

Sponsored by Daily Mail - Awarded to a woman who founded her business whilst raising a child/children aged 12 or under.

Kate Ball NatWest everywoman Awards finalist

Kate Ball - Mini First Aid

 

Artemis

Sponsored by Crystal Clear - Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading for 18 months to 3 years.

Sandra Sassow

Sandra Sassow - SEaB Energy Ltd

 

Athena

Sponsored by Dell - Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading from 6 to 9 years.

Anne Timpanay

Anne Timpanay - On Tap Plumbers  

 


Demeter

Sponsored by Nutriment - Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading from 3 to 5 years.

Julie and Amy

Julie Wilson and Amy Livingstone - Cheeky Chompers  

 

Gaia

Sponsored by Montezuma's Chocolates - Awarded to the most inspirational and successful female founder of a social enterprise who has combined strong community benefit with a sustainable business model.

Dulma Clark

Dulma Clark - Soul of Africa

 

Hera

Sponsored by EDF Energy - Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading for 10 years or more.

Jo Stroud

 

Jo Stroud - Mantra Jewellery  

 

Brand of the Future

Sponsored by The White Company - Awarded to the female founder of a business that demonstrates great potential for growth.

Whitney Hawkings

Whitney Bromberg Hawkings - FLOWERBX

 

 

Spirit of everywoman Award

Recognise a woman whose determination, commitment and pioneering spirit has helped change the landscape for women in business in the UK and paved the way for others.

Prue Leith - entrepreneur, restaurateur, TV presenter and 2017 Great British Bakeoff judge

 

everywoman Ambassador Award

Created to shine the spotlight on high-profile entrepreneurs and brands, recognising their business achievements and highlighting them as role models to young women considering entrepreneurship

Charlotte Tilbury - founder Charlotte Tilbury

 

Past winners
Past winners

2016 NatWest everywoman Award winners

Grace Lachowicz, a NatWest everywoman Award winner

The 2016 NatWest everywoman Award was presented to Grace Lachowicz, founder of Dekko Interiors. This special Award is set apart from the category Awards as it honours not just a business woman who has achieved significant success, but also one who has broken down barriers and overcome tremendous challenges. Originally from Poland, Grace has built a £6.8 million company in just five years supplying kitchens, bathrooms and fitted furniture to residential developers.  Acknowledging that her gender and nationality initially worked against her, her self-belief and passion for her product saw her grow from a garage-based eBay business to securing contracts with the likes of United Living and Ballymore.  Undaunted by her lack of means to fulfil these huge orders, she offered a personal guarantee and worked around the clock to ensure clients were satisfied.  More recently she has taken the design and manufacturing process in-house and her clients include the biggest names in the industry.   

 

The other 2016 NatWest everywoman Awards winners were:

Pip Murray NatWest everywoman Award winner

The Artemis Award - sponsored by Crystal Clear - for an inspirational woman running a business trading for between 18 months to three years was won by London-based Pip Murray of nut butter brand Pip & Nut.   In the 18 months since its launch, Pip & Nut has become one of the biggest players in the healthy foods industry, partnering with Nike and securing listings in over 2,500 stores.

Helen Lord NatWest everywoman Award winner

The Demeter Award - sponsored by Nutriment - for an inspirational woman running a business trading for between three and five years went to Helen Lord, from Windes – who founded the Used Kitchen Exchange with nothing more than a laptop, a phone and a car.  Her mission was to market quality pre-owned kitchens to cost-conscious families and buyers and in the process, dramatically reduce landfill.

Joanne Bass NatWest everywoman Award winner

Joanne Bass, from Peterborough, founder of XL Displays took home the Athena Award - for an inspirational woman running a business trading for between six and nine years.  Having been refused flexible working after the birth of her child Joanne was inspired to set up her own business. Her one-stop shop for exhibition banners, stands and designs turns over £4.2m and her recruitment needs are met exclusively from the local community.

Clare Harris NatWest everywoman Award winner

London-based party accessory tycoon Clare Harris was presented with the Hera Award – sponsored by Sage - for an inspirational woman running a business trading for 10 years or more. Talking Tables was launched with £50,000 of personal loans and today employs over 50 staff in the UK, US and China supplying luxury department stores, supermarkets and independents with its quirky British designs.

Fiona Hudson NatWest everywoman Award winner

The Iris Award – sponsored by Dell - for an inspirational woman running a business that uses technology in an innovative and disruptive way went to Smart Assessor’s Fiona Hudson-Kelly, from Warwickshire. Motivated by her apprentice son’s struggles with written work she devised a training assessment platform and won a million-pound investment challenge to grow the business. Smart Assessor’s mobile technology enables images, audio and video to be uploaded onto a Cloud-based platform and currently supports 200,000 users and 9,000 tutors.

Hillary Graves NatWest everywoman Award winner

The Aphrodite Award - sponsored by the Daily Mail – for a mumpreneur who founded her business whilst raising children aged 12 or under, was won by Hillary Graves from London, founder of Little Dish. Hillary’s passion for healthy eating led to the launch of Little Dish in 2006, providing fresh, well-balanced meals for toddlers made from 100% natural ingredients.  Today her £12 million enterprise supplies retailers including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. In addition to this, she has written two cookbooks and teaches cookery in schools, laying the foundation for life-long healthy eating habits.

Helena Hills NatWest everywoman Award winner

Chrissie Rucker MBE presented the Brand of the Future Award - sponsored by The White Company - to an entrepreneur whose early stage business demonstrates huge potential for growth. Helena Hills, from Bristol, founded TrueStart Coffee, the only coffee brand in the world designed to improve sports performance and provide an alternative to sugary energy drinks and synthetic pre-workouts. In just 18 months, Helena has exported internationally and supplied major UK multiples as well as gained brand champions including Paralympian Pamela Relph and the British Army Women’s Cycling Team.