Although women-owned businesses are on the increase there still aren’t enough female role models, is the claim of the leading women’s organisation, Women on Their Way. Most people still think that the majority of businesses are run by men due to the stereotypical images that we see all around us. However, women are making their mark, and this year lots of mumpreneurs are featuring on the shortlist. Amongst them, Antonia Chitty is shortlisted in the Women’s Advocate category, Gemma Johnson of Blueberry is in the Finance category, Natasha Courtenay-Smith of Talk to the Press appears in the High Growth finalists, and Tabitha Potts, Paula Wynne and Iveta Nikolova are all listed in the online business category.
Many of the shortlisted finalists are members of Mumsclub. Mumsclub founder Jane Hopkins says, “I am incredibly excited about seeing 14 of our girls as finalists for the women on their way awards. It goes to show that despite the stresses of being working mums, and the sometimes impossible time constraints we endure, us mums can successfully build sustainable businesses that deserve awards. I am also very proud of them, I know many of them personally and I know just how hard they work and how dedicated they are to their businesses. It’s simply wonderful news and I’m looking forward to supporting them all on the 19th March.”
There are four short-listed candidates for each award and the winner will be announced on Friday 19th March at the Women on Their Way Annual Awards Lunch taking place at Aston Villa Football Club, Birmingham from 11.00 to 15.00.
The awards event is in its second year and aims to connect women through the UK, to inspire and to increase their self belief.
The Women on Their Way Awards is the brainchild of former Apprentice Candidate Jo Cameron and her Co-Director Lisa Ibbotson.
Jo Cameron added “There are so many amazing women in the UK who don’t always recognise the impact they have made and it is my absolute privilege to be inspired by so many incredible women. We are very much looking forward to announcing the winners in a few weeks time”
This year the judges include Gill Fielding and Caroline Marsh of TV’s Secret Millionaire and other esteemed women from both the public and private sectors. They will be judging the shortlisted candidates over the coming weeks.
There are twelve awards this year including Start Up and High Growth Businesses, Online Business, Woman in Finance, Law, Transportation, Construction/Engineering, Woman in The Community, Public office, The outstanding contribution to Women’s Learning and Development, Young Woman in Business, Outstanding New Product and Woman’s Advocate. This year the coveted prize for the overall Woman on her Way is a weekend away for two included flights and accommodation to Milan.
Tickets are priced £65+VAT each or £600 +VAT for a table of ten places. With up to 500 guests it provides opportunities for networking and to meet other leading and aspiring women.
Last year’s winner of the Legal Award, Laura Kearesley added ““I was thrilled to win the Women in Law award last year; it was a real honour. It was a fabulous day, where I made some really good contacts. Since winning the award and the subsequent publicity I have also been approached by other potential business partners, so it has been really positive for me personally and for business!”