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2019 NatWest everywoman Awards

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Female Entrepreneurs: Transforming the Face of Business


Nominations for the NatWest everywoman Awards are now closed. Many thanks to all of those who entered.

We will be announcing the finalists in the Autumn, in the meantime, click below to book your tickets for the awards ceremony at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House on 3 December

 

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Earlier this year, the Alison Rose Review identified the three biggest opportunities to help female entrepreneurs, which included “…relatable and accessible mentors and networks”.  Since 2003 the NatWest everywoman Awards has been providing exactly this by building a community of the UK’s leading female business owners and connecting them with peers, advisors and investors.

Now in its 17th year, the Awards invite nominations from a new intake of businesswomen whose vision and industry have seen their companies grow from fledgling startups into profitable organisations.  Renowned as one of the most prestigious business awards, previous winners have found it a platform from which funding, mentors and national recognition have been gained.  


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. 


 

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2018 HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

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ARTEMIS - 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 – Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading from 6 to 9 years

HERA – 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

*NEW FOR 2019* FORTUNA – this brand new award will recognise a stand-out individual who invests or is involved in securing investment in women-founded businesses, who has had significant impact on the investee company and is helping to change perception through their actions. This category is open to all male and female angel or personal investors, along with those individuals working in any capacity within Family Offices, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Government Funds, Corporate Funds, Accelerators or Peer to Peer companies.

Nominees for this year's NatWest everywoman Awards will also have the incredible opportunity to be considered for the Brand of the Future Award - sponsored by The White Company. This 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 OBE, 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:

  • Have been trading for a minimum of 2, maximum of 8, years as of 8 July 2019
  • Be a retailer or manufacturer
  • Have a minimum of £75K turnover
  • Be able to produce full P&L for previous 2 years
  • Must provide a 3 year business plan as supporting evidence
  • You must be a majority shareholder (shareholdings of more than 50%)
  • Must be committed to growing the business, and not intending to exit for at least 5 years.

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.

 

KEY DATES

Nominations Open: 29 April 2019

Nominations Close: 22 July 2019

Judging Day: 2 October 2019

Awards Ceremony: 3 December 2019

 

When and where
Date: 
3rd December 2019
Start time: 
12:00PM
JW Marriott Grosvenor House London
86-90 Park Ln
W1K 7TN London
United Kingdom
GB

 

    Categories
    categories

    Categories and criteria for the 2019 Awards are detailed below, 

     

    ARTEMIS - 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 – Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading from 6 to 9 years

    HERA – 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

    *NEW FOR 2019* FORTUNA – this brand new award will recognise a stand-out individual who invests or is involved in securing investment in women-founded businesses, who has had significant impact on the investee company and is helping to change perception through their actions. This category is open to all male and female angel or personal investors, along with those individuals working in any capacity within Family Offices, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Government Funds, Corporate Funds, Accelerators or Peer to Peer companies.

    Nominees for this year's NatWest everywoman Awards will also have the incredible opportunity to be considered for the Brand of the Future Award - sponsored by The White Company. This 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 OBE, 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:

    Have been trading for a minimum of 2, maximum of 8, years as of 8 July 2019

    Be a retailer or manufacturer

    Have a minimum of £75K turnover

    Be able to produce full P&L for previous 2 years

    Must provide a 3 year business plan as supporting evidence

    You must be a majority shareholder (shareholdings of more than 50%)

    Must be committed to growing the business, and not intending to exit for at least 5 years.

    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.
     

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    KEY DATES

    Nominations Open: 29 April 2019

    Nominations Close: 22 July 2019

    Judging Day: 2 October 2019

    Awards Ceremony: 3 December 2019

    Judges
    Judges

    Sarah Anderson CBE

    Chief Executive, The Listening Place

    Maxine Benson MBE

    Co-founder, Everywoman Ltd

    Rosaleen Blair CBE

    Founder & CEO, Alexander Mann Solutions

    Julie Deane OBE

    Founder, The Cambridge Satchel Company

    Annoushka Ducas MBE

    Creative Director, Annoushka Jewellery

    Celia Duncan

    Women's Editor, Daily Mail

    Karen Gill MBE

    Co-founder, Everywoman Ltd

    Suzanne Brock

    Founder, Nutriment

    Poonam Gupta OBE

    Founder, PG Paper Company Ltd

    Joanna Hansford

    Managing Director, Jo Hansford

    Harriet Hastings

    Founder & Managing Director, Biscuiteers

    Anna Lee

    Co-Founder, STORM

    Melissa Odabash

    Fashion Designer, Melissa Odabash

    Rowan Finnegan

    Founder, Regenerative Investment

    Helen Pattinson

    Co-founder & Director, Montezuma's Chocolate

    Chrissie Rucker OBE

    Founder, The White Company

    Rob Love

    Chairman, Chief Executive and Co-Founder, Crowdfunder

    Sam Smith

    CEO, finnCap

    Holly Tucker MBE

    Founder, Notonthehighstreet

    Christina Vaughan

    Founder, Image Source

    Sarah Wood

    Co-Founder, Unruly

    Abi Wright

    Founder, Spabreaks.com
    Partners & sponsors
    Partners & Sponsors

    Title Partner

    2019 marks the 17th year that NatWest have been proud to support the NatWest everywoman Awards. It is more important than ever that our backing for female entrepreneurs is tangible and effective. Our Deputy CEO Alison Rose launched a review earlier this year on behalf of HM Treasury, into the disparity that exists between male and female entrepreneurs, focusing on the fact that up to £250 billion of new value could be added to the economy if women started and scaled businesses to the same rate as men. To help address this NatWest partnered with Crowdfunder to launch Back Her Business earlier this year, the UK’s first bank-led, female crowdfunding initiative and we now have over 500 Women in Business specialists to empower and support female entrepreneurs.

    BRAND OF THE FUTURE AWARD

    The White Company is now in its 25th year. What began as a small mail-order concept for beautifully designed, affordable home accessories (mainly in white). Today, The White Company has grown into one of the most-established multi-channel retailers nationally, with a growing international presence having opened two stores in New York. “The White Company is delighted to sponsor the Brand of the Future Award, awarded to the female founder of a young brand that demonstrates great potential for growth. I passionately believe in everywoman’s invaluable support of women in all aspects of business life, helping them to achieve their full potential. I am looking forward to hearing about all the inspirational finalists and winners of the NatWest everywoman Awards.”
    Chrissie Rucker OBE

    APHRODITE AWARD

    The Daily Mail is very proud to sponsor the NatWest Everywoman Aphrodite Award for Mumpreneurs once again this year, and to support the amazing 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 29 million readers a month in print and online.

    DEMETER AWARD

    GAIA AWARD

    At Montezuma’s, we absolutely love supporting NatWest everywoman Awards.  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, the Gaia Award, recognising founders of successful businesses with a social and community benefit, is a perfect fit. We look forward to celebrating female founders and meeting this year’s winners and finalists at the Awards.

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    Past winners
    Past winners

    2018 NATWEST EVERYWOMAN AWARD

    Karen Emanuel, the CEO of Key Production, who first recognised her entrepreneurial spirit as a young girl selling jewellery at local markets. However, after studying Genetics and travelling the world, she decided to pursue her original love of music. This was the start of Key Production - a creative agency that produces personalised products for the music industry (and now other industries) including vinyl pressing, CD manufacturing, DVD replication and bespoke packaging. Selling physical products in an era dominated by digital streaming presented major challenges during Karen’s journey to success, including being forced to make a large proportion of her workforce redundant and losing one of her most profitable clients overnight. However, Karen persevered and has become an independent, multi-talented, self-financed entrepreneur who successfully operates four other businesses, with a combined turnover of £16 million. Today, Key Production operates across four sites in the UK, with plans to expand to Germany, and is still growing year on year in turnover, profitability and staff size.


    BRAND OF THE FUTURE AWARD - SPONSORED BY THE WHITE COMPANY

    Awarded to the female founder of a business that demonstrates great potential for growth.

    Trinny Woodall, Founder and CEO, Trinny London, from London, who founded a portable, versatile range of makeup, with colours to suit every woman. For the last 20 years, she has worked with women all over the world, helping them find the most flattering styles, the best skincare, and the most perfectly matched, foolproof makeup. Despite being sold online only and unavailable to try and test before purchasing, Trinny London managed to gain consumers’ trust through positive reviews shared by other happy customers and started shipping products to 63 countries in just 11 months.​​​​​​​

     

    ARTEMIS - SPONSORED BY CRYSTAL CLEAR INTERNATIONAL

    Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading for 18 months to 3 years.

    Chloe Franses, Founder, Chloe Franses & Co, from London, who left an unfulfilling career in PR to launch Chloe Franses & Co – an agency bringing business partners to charities. Her success today is due to multiple high-profile client wins such as Bentley, and several stand-out campaigns. These include the “Pearson’s Project Literacy” activity, which helped eight million people around the world learn to read and write, as well as “Art for Grenfell”, which used art to raise money to support Grenfell’s residents.

     

    DEMETER – SPONSORED BY NUTRIMENT

    Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading from 3 to 5 years.

    Melanie Goldsmith, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Smith & Sinclair, from London, whose business idea stemmed from the game-themed dating nights she hosted in East London. After realising that holding drinks prevented guests from playing games, she thought of an alternative – premium alcoholic edible gummies. During the product’s first appearance at Berwick Street Market, Melanie sold £3000 worth in just three weeks and two days later, had a £20,000 order from Imbibe - the UK’s largest alcohol trade show. After six years of hard work, Smith & Sinclair is forecasted to turnover £15 million by 2021.

     

    ATHENA – SPONSORED BY IBM IX

    Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading from 6 to 9 years

    Roni Savage, Managing Director, Jomas Associates, from Hillingdon, who progressed rapidly in her career, becoming an Associate Director at a large engineering company at just 26 years old. She then left to set up Jomas Associates from her home with the aim to build an engineering consultancy that puts clients’ satisfaction first. A rare female CEO of BAME heritage in the engineering industry, she has overcome many stereotypes and built a thriving business, which now delivers £2 million turnover and is aiming for 50% growth in 2018.

     

    HERA – SPONSORED BY EDF ENERGY

    Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading for 10 years or more.

    Keely Deininger, Designer and Owner, Angel's Face, from Sevenoaks, who having struggled with dyslexia, left school at 17 years old with only two O-Levels. However, this did not deter her from following her dream of becoming a designer, she set up a children’s wear company with a £50,000 investment from a colleague who encouraged her to ‘do something amazing.’ Starting with the tutu skirt, she has now developed a full collection of clothing and accessories designed entirely by her. The business now turns over £2.6 million and the range can be found in 73 countries and 400 boutiques, department stores and online retailers worldwide.

     

    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

    Camilla Marcus-Dew, Co-Founder of The Soap Co / Head of Commercial for CLARITY – The Soap Co, from London, who was inspired by the potential she saw in her own family members with disabilities. By combining 22 years’ experience working with NGOs and her business management skills, Camilla created her own social enterprise. She now offers life-changing employment and support for all her staff - 80% of whom are blind, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged - through the sale of beautifully handcrafted beauty products. Aside from John Lewis, CLARITY - The Soap Co will soon be launching in hotels and restaurants across London.

     

    APHRODITE – SPONSORED BY DAILY MAIL

    Awarded to a woman who founded her business whilst raising a child/children aged 12 or under.

    Harriet Hastings, Founder and Managing Director, Biscuiteers, from London. After a career in PR, Harriet built an empire while raising four children when her youngest was just three years old and the other was undergoing a bone marrow transplant. Biscuiteers - the original luxury biscuit boutique – offers delicious, luxurious collections of hand-iced biscuits for any occasion. After quickly growing from being based in one kitchen to three industrial bakeries, the business now has 110 staff who hand-ice 2.5 million biscuits a year for brands including Cartier, Christian Dior and Ralph Lauren.

     

    Three other phenomenal women also received special everywoman accolades at the ceremony. These included the ‘Spirit of everywoman’ Award, which recognises a woman whose pioneering spirit has helped change the landscape for women in business in the UK and paved the way for others. This was presented to Sandi Toksvig OBE and Catherine Mayer, Founders of The Women's Equality Party. Carol Kane, Founder of online retailer Boohoo received the everywoman Ambassador Award, created to shine the spotlight on a high-profile entrepreneur who is a role model to young women considering entrepreneurship.

    2017 Winners

    2017 NatWest everywoman Award - Victoria Robertshaw, Keelham Farm Shop

    The Brand of the Future Award - sponsored by The White Company - Whitney Bromberg Hawkings, FLOWERBX

    The Artemis Award - sponsored by Crystal Clear International - Sandra Sassow, SEaB Energy

    The Demeter Award - sponsored by Nutriment Limited - Julie Wilson and Amy Livingstone, Cheeky Chompers

    The Athena Award – sponsored by Dell - Anne Timpany, On Tap Plumbers

    The Hera Award – sponsored by EDF Energy - Jo Stroud, Mantra Jewellery

    The Gaia Award - sponsored by Montezuma’s Chocolates - Dulma Clark, Soul of Africa

    The Aphrodite Award - sponsored by Daily Mail - Kate Ball, Mini First Aid

    Spirit of everywoman Award -  Prue Leith CBE, entrepreneur, restaurateur, TV presenter and 2017 Great British Bakeoff judge

    everywoman Ambassador Award - Charlotte Tilbury, Charlotte Tilbury