NatWest everywoman Awards 2010, One month left for women in business to enter!

The NatWest everywoman Awards have been running since 2003 and were established to celebrate women who have started up and run successful businesses – showcasing women who have shown real grit and determination, overcoming obstacles and challenges in order to succeed in business. There’s just one month left to enter these prestigious NatWest everywoman Awards.

Online PR News – 29-June-2010 – – There’s just one month left for the UK’s most inspirational female entrepreneurs to enter the prestigious NatWest everywoman Awards. The awards, a yearly fixture on the business calendar, are open for entries until Friday 30 July.

The NatWest everywoman Awards have been running since 2003 and were established to celebrate women who have started up and run successful businesses – showcasing women who have shown real grit and determination, overcoming obstacles and challenges in order to succeed in business. The judging process is a democratic voting system by an independent panel of judges, themselves highly successful women in business, who determine the most inspirational women in each award category, making the awards a real honour to receive.

The awards categories are inspired by ancient Greek goddesses – Artemis, Demeter, Athena and Hera, who represent courage, determination, perseverance, wisdom and strength respectively, in total synergy with the strength of female entrepreneurs. In addition, one winner will be chosen to receive the NatWest everywoman Award, which celebrates the woman who is thought to have overcome the greatest challenge to achieve business success in 2010. The awards are open to entry to women from all walks of life, running any type of business.

Due to a fantastic reception from the women’s business community over the years, two new awards have been added – the Hestia Award goes to a woman running a rural business and the Gaia Award goes to a woman running an ethical business. Other special awards include the Iris Award, given for the use of innovation in IT and communications in business and the everywoman Ambassador Award, which goes to an iconic women or VIP who acts as an advocate for entrepreneurs. Previous winners include: Elle Macpherson, Colleen Rooney and Chrissie Rucker of The White Company. Lastly, the Spirit of everywoman Award is awarded to a woman who has changed the landscape for women in business, an honour which has been bestowed in previous years to Jenni Murray of Woman’s Hour, Karren Brady, Dame Stella Rimington and Dame Mary Perkins, who is also the Patron of the NatWest everywoman Awards.

This year’s awards are particularly important as we celebrate successful female-run businesses that have weathered the economic downturn as well as highlight the proven fact that women-run businesses in general have faired better in the recession. Research that NatWest and everywoman commissioned found that 50% of women claimed their business had not been impacted by the recession versus 38% of men.*

Karen Gill, MBE, Co-founder and Director of everywoman says; “We’re really excited to be partnering again with NatWest and to announce the addition of two new awards to the programme. Every year we’re overwhelmed with more and more entries of really inspirational stories so it will be a great opportunity to be able to highlight more of these with the new awards Gaia and Hestia. Winning or being shortlisted for an award is really fantastic for these women as it really does propel businesses forwards.”

Helen Page, Managing Director, Marketing, UK Retail, RBS Group comments "NatWest has been closely involved with everywoman and has been part of the awards since they started eight years ago and we fully believe in the celebration of successful women in business. The awards recognise the extraordinary achievements of women across the UK and this year in particular, we are looking forward to honouring those who have overcome the challenges of the current economic climate and still made their businesses thrive."

The awards are free to enter and applications are made online at: www.everywoman.com/natwesteverywomanawards and will be judged by a panel of select businesswomen and entrepreneurs. This will include: Perween Warsi, CBE, MBE, DBA of S&A Foods; Sharon Hilditch, MBE of Crystal Clear International; Liz Jackson, MBE of Great Guns Marketing and Jo Hansford, the eponymous hairdresser, amongst others.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony held on 1st December 2010 at The Dorchester in London with influential businesswomen, politicians, media and VIPS who will celebrate their achievement. ¬

For further information and details on how to enter please go to www.everywoman.com/natwesteverywomanawards and for table bookings, please contact everywoman directly on 0870 746 1800.

* Research commissioned by NatWest and everywoman in 2009 of 1,200 women

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Notes to editors:
• For interviews with Karen Gill or Maxine Benson of everywoman, judges, previous winners or a copy of the NatWest and everywoman research, please contact LUCHFORD APM. Quotes from other previous winners are also available.

• About everywoman: Founded in September 1999 by Karen Gill and Maxine Benson, everywoman is an organisation dedicated to the empowerment, inspiration and support of women in business in the UK. With 38,000 members and growing it is the UK's largest female business community - the online and offline network is a hive of networking activity, contact-building and business debate. The events, training and awards programmes are designed to educate, inspire and support both those women who have already started their business journey and those who have yet to set off. Its ambition is to become the world's largest and most influential female business network, inspiring generations of businesswomen and championing their cause, talents and prospects on a global scale. Karen and Maxine were both awarded the MBE in January 2009 for services to women’s enterprise. For more information, please visit: www.everywoman.com

• About NatWest: NatWest is proud to lead the way as the pioneering Bank for female enterprise. The NatWest Women in Business service offers a network of locally based Ambassadors, dedicated to supporting the needs of female entrepreneurs. NatWest recognises the contribution that female business owners make to the economy and are proud to work with organisations such as everywoman that promote women’s enterprise. For more information, visit natwest.com/business or call 0800 028 2677, Minicom 0800 169 0088.

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