The First Women Awards are known for recognising and celebrating pioneering British women whose achievements are opening opportunities for others and this year, with a high calibre of finalists, will be no exception.
From Engineering and Manufacturing to Business Services and Media, numerous applicants have thrown their hats into the ring, hoping to bag this prestigious and coveted award that not only celebrates their tremendous accomplishments but also certifies them as a champion of UK industry.
Aside from the General Election, the First Women Awards is the most hotly anticipated event coming up in June as far as we’re concerned.
From a record number of submissions, candidates have been whittled down to a venerable shortlist who will be interviewed by an esteemed panel of judges in May.
These women, like past winners, have many accolades under their belts. They have risen to the top in their professions, often navigating challenging environments. Or they’re perpetrators challenging the status quo and disrupting conventions.
Take for example Kate Newhouse, whose digital healthcare innovation, Doctor Care Anywhere, helps thousands of families access first-class personalised clinical care via video and phone GP consultations 365 days a year, at work, home or on holiday.
When it comes to challenging conventions, no one exemplifies this better than Gina Miller, who kicked off the First Women Summit in February with an inspirational keynote address.
Outside her day job in wealth management, Miller runs the True and Fair Foundation and while her campaign for transparency in the financial services sector has garnered much criticism.
Miller will be up against Marieke Flament, Circle; Anna Sofat, Addidi Wealth; Runa Alam, Development Partners International; Elizabeth Raffle, Lloyds Banking Group; Helen Steers, Pantheon; Rhonda Ryan, Pavilion Alternatives Group and Gail McManus, PER, to win the Finance award.
Due to high demand, the Healthcare category has been added to the roster and we welcome finalists from the British Medical Journal, Cambridge Care Company, Diabetes.co.uk Jean, Birtley House Nursing Home, Ultrasound Direct, Crawford Healthcare, PJ Care, and Health & Parenting.
In partnership with the CBI the First Women Awards has unearthed some incredible examples of trailblazing entrepreneurship and business foresight over the last 12 years.
Clare Johnston, CEO and founder of the UP Group, took home Entrepreneur of the Year award last year. She said: “I was inspired by people earlier in my career to do what I have done, so I think awards like this help to inspire others and that’s the most important thing.”
Real Business editor Hunter Ruthven added: “From sport to tourism, and from healthcare to engineering, it is now the turn for the latest crop of inspiring stories and individuals to have their time to shine.”