Nominations are now closed for this year’s awards.
THE START UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Open to entrepreneurs of all ages. Judges will consider the journey undertaken by the entrepreneur from concept to reality, the barriers that were overcome, the determination and passion behind the business, and the results. Judges will also consider the business model, the product/service and the aspirations of the business
THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Open to entrepreneurs aged 30 and under. Judges will consider the journey undertaken by the entrepreneur from concept to reality, the barriers that were overcome, the determination and passion behind the business, and the results. Judges will also consider the business model, the product/service and the aspirations of the business.
THE SOCIAL IMPACT Award
This category recognises those women whose work and/or organisation has achieved an outstanding, transformative impact on communities and society in Great Britain, with a focus on challenging race inequality. This year, the emphasis will be on nominees whose impact has been felt in the Black Lives Matter movement or in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
THE SME BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
This category is open to any business formed or operated by a woman of colour. The business needs to be able to show at least one-year’s set of accounts and should have a turnover not exceeding £5m per annum. Judges will look for evidence of a well-managed business, a pattern of increase in turnover, and a clear brand identity.
THE LEADERSHIP AWARD
This award will go to a woman of colour who has a leadership role within the workplace. Nominees will have experience of leading a team of people, a department, function or management, where autonomous decisions are made and where responsibility lies. Judges will look for examples of strong leadership; a personable approach to those affected by the decisions of the leader, and will consider the views of colleagues of the leader in terms of inspiration, leadership style and outcomes.
THE OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHS (STEM)
The award is open to women of colour working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Applications are welcomed from individuals from these disciplines who have a clearly defined career path, and who, by endeavouring to be exceptional, have achieved outstanding success in their career to date.
THE CREATIVE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
This award is for a creative business owned by a woman of colour and based in the creative sector (PR, design, TV, music advertising or marketing.) The business must have been trading for at least 18 months. Entrants must demonstrate a considered approach to financial achievement and future business success.
THE OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR
The award is open to any woman of colour working in the public sector. Applications are welcome from individuals from all careers within the public sector, including but not limited to housing, healthcare, local authorities, services, education. Judges will look for women who have a clearly defined career path and who, by exceptional effort, have achieved outstanding success in their career to date. Nominate now
THE OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN BANKING AND FINANCE
This award celebrates top talent in the banking and finance industry. The award will go to a woman of colour who has demonstrated leadership, innovative thinking or community service in this sector. Nominations are welcome from the following: accountancy and finance sectors – this covers employees in: audit, tax and accountancy businesses; sectors that perform financial functions in relevant departments (such as treasury) of other businesses or not-for-profits; banking and building societies; financial planning; insurance, investments and pensions.
OUTSTANDING YOUTH ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR
Open to young female leaders and change makers aged 25 and under. Judges are looking to reward courage and impact in Youth Advocacy. This year, the emphasis will be on nominees whose impact has been felt in the Black Lives Matter movement or in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Nominate now
THE OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN SPORT
The Outstanding Woman in Sport Award recognises women who have created a positive change for women in sport. Applications are welcomed from individuals from all disciplines of the sporting world, this includes athletes and those women that work behind the scenes in any sporting discipline.
THE OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
The Outstanding Woman in Professional Services category recognises women from across the professional services spectrum – (this includes doctors, lawyers, architects, insurers, marketers, consultants) – The judging panel will be looking for someone who supports and champions the cause of other women in their industry and goes the extra mile.