Message from the Prime Minister
I want to wish everyone at the NatWest everywoman Awards the best of luck with this year’s event.
Our nation has a fantastic tradition of women in business, from small ventures run from home - in sheds, spare rooms and at kitchen tables - to multi million pound organisations and household names. It takes dedication and drive to turn an idea into a product or service, and I want to thank British businesswomen for the significant contribution you make to our economy and society.
Like so many other events this year, I know it must be a disappointment not to get together in person for these awards. It has been a year unlike any other, and I have been filled with awe at the way businesses of every size have risen to the challenge, from helping to make PPE and hand sanitiser, to making workplaces Covid secure, supporting employees as they work from home and finding new ways to reach customers.
It has been undoubtedly tough, but as we look forward to 2021 your energy and ingenuity will be crucial to our recovery. I know I can count on you - and the legions of female entrepreneurs in all corners of the country to continue building and growing your businesses, which provide the foundations for a strong and prosperous British economy.
Good luck to all the nominees. I wish you every success with this event, and thank you all once again for your incredible effort and sacrifices this year.
The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP
Former Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
I am delighted to send my best wishes to all those nominated in the 16th NatWest everywoman Awards ceremony.
The ceremony is an important celebration of the talented contribution women, like yourselves, have made to buisness in Britain. I commend you and everywoman for your dedication to encouraging and inspiring female business owners and recognising their success.
Your success is no doubt a testament to your exceptional levels of resilience, passion and hard work. I know this event will inspire future generations to follow in your footsteps and further increase female entrepreneurship across the UK.
You should all be immensely proud of your achievements and I do hope that the event is a great success.
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, 2018
Former Prime Minister, The Rt Hon David Cameron MP
These Awards are about getting women to start and grow a business. It gives me great pleasure to once again lend my support to the NatWest everywoman Awards.
Since 2002 this event has celebrated significant success, often in the face of financial or personal adversity. I would like to congratulate all those who organise and support this prestigious event.
The UK can be a great place for women in business. In 2015, the Global Entrepreneurship Development Institute ranked the UK as the best country in Europe at fostering female entrepreneurship. There are more women-led businesses in the UK than ever before and significant progress continues to be made on increasing gender diversity in the boardrooms of the UK’s top companies, with women now making up 25% of all FTSE 100 company boards.
However, there is more that needs to be done and the Government is working hard to ensure that we create the right environment for women to participate in the economy and set up their own businesses. I recently announced an independent review of self-employment in the UK, led by the winner of the 2012 Athena Award, Julie Deane OBE, which will highlight the contribution the self-employed make to the UK economy and consider how they can be better supported, whether they are caring for their family, buying a home or saving for retirement.
As with previous winners and finalists, I am sure all those nominated tonight will go on to inspire other women to start and grow a business. Many congratulations on your tremendous achievements and I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavours. .
The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, 2014
Former Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Gordon Brown
I am delighted to send my support to all those involved in this year’s everywoman Awards.
These Awards are an opportunity to recognise some of this country’s leading business talent and showcase some exceptional entrepreneurial spirit. It is innovation and enterprise which will secure and sustain our economic recovery and today you can all be very proud of your contribution to our shared prosperity.
I would like to thank all those behind the everywoman Awards for the recognition they offer to those women who have achieved great success, and also for the boost they give to other women considering venturing into business.
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. I am sure your achievements will inspire many more women to follow in your footsteps. I wish you all every success for the future and hope you enjoy your day. .
The Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, 2009