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FOR THE AWARDS

Entrepreneur Categories

These categories celebrate entrepreneurs. They are the women who founded or run businesses and maintain control and interest in their business.

START UP

This award is for women who have started a new business and is within the first 5 years of trading.

YOUNG
ENTREPRENEUR

This award is for women who have started a new business and is within the first 5 years of trading.

FEMALE

ENTREPRENEUR

This award is for women who have started a new business and is within the first 5 years of trading.

Corporate Categories

These categories celebrate female leaders and rising stars. 

CORPORATE LEADER

This award is for women who are working in a management role within a large corporate company. These women will have had 10+ years of experience of corporate leadership and evidence they have driven the business forward with exceptional results. They will also have evidence of mentoring people along with examples of community engagement.

EMERGING LEADER
& STEM RISING STAR
– MERGED

This is a merged category that is for women working within a large corporate organisation or within a STEM sector. They should demonstrate personal, as well as general business progression being achieved.

STEM LEADER

This award is for women in a senior position working within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics sector. Applicants must either be running their own business or be employed in a relevant business. They should be able to demonstrate the positive impact of their role to the business in which they work and show examples of how they have encouraged other women to join the sector.

CHARITY / SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

This award is for women who are working in a management role within a large corporate company. These women will have had 10+ years of experience of corporate leadership and evidence they have driven the business forward with exceptional results. They will also have evidence of mentoring people along with examples of community engagement.

Joint Categories

These categories are open to both entrepreneurs and career women.

MENTOR OF THE
YEAR

This award is for women who have a track record in mentoring and developing future leaders of industry.

MALE AGENT OF
CHANGE

This award is for men who are championing diversity and pushing for the progression of women in the workplace.

PUBLIC/THIRD
SECTOR LEADER

This award is for women who either run or who are employed to work or who volunteer a significant amount of their time working within academia, the public sector or charity organisations.

EXPORTING /
INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS

This award is for women involved in a business which is successfully trading internationally. The applicant should ideally be able to demonstrate where their products/services are trading outside the UK.

Special Awards

OVERALL WINNER

This award will be presented to the woman who scored most highly across the judging criteria and will be announced at the National Grand Final.

LIFETIME
ACHIEVEMENT

This award will be presented to a woman who has made a significant contribution to the support of women in their sector, over a substantial period of time.

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