Fashion Enter Finalists at the NatWest everywoman Awards 2017
Yesterday, 6th December, FashionCapital & Fashion Enter CEO Jenny Holloway attended as a finalist to the 2017 NatWest everywoman Awards held at The Dorchester in Mayfair…
Now in its fifteenth year, the NatWest everywoman Awards celebrates the success of Britain’s top female entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey – from young businesses to those who have established multi-million pound organisations.
The 2017 finalists Jenny Holloway standing far left
Every year these Awards attract hundreds of entries and all finalists and winners have reaped the benefits of entering everywoman’s flagship programme transforming them into pioneering role models for future business owners.
Jenny Holloway and the Fashion Enter team were shortlisted for the GAIA Award – sponsored by Montezuma’s Chocolates – Awarded to the most inspirational and successful female founder of a social enterprise who has combined strong community benefit with a sustainable business model.
The competition was incredible with many inspiring and motivational woman and companies in the room. The GAIA award went to: Dulma Clark, Soul of Africa, from London.
Established in South Africa and recently registered in the UK, Soul of Africa is dedicated to providing local women and young people in Africa with invaluable skills and employment through the production of shoes made from all-natural materials. It has generated over $2 million worth of wages, supported over 18,000 children and partnered with charities to allow tribesmen in Namibia to commercialise their craft for making sandals. Beyond Office and Schuh in the UK, Soul of Africa is currently selling shoes in 20 different countries worldwide.
Jenny Holloway comments: “It’s a real honour to be shortlisted for the NatWest everywoman Gaia Award. However the honour is really working with the team at Fashion Enter! They inspire me to continue on our journey to be the best we can be to help others have hope in their life. Can I also congratulate Dulma Clark, a very worthy winner and such an inspiration.”
Other Award Winners included:
The overall 2017 NatWest everywoman Woman of the Year Award was presented to Victoria Robertshaw of Keelham Farm Shop, from Bradford.
The Artemis Award – sponsored by Crystal Clear International – Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading for 18 months to 3 years. Sandra Sassow, SEaB Energy, from Southampton.
The Demeter Award – sponsored by Nutriment Limited – Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading from 3 to 5 years. Julie Wilson and Amy Livingstone, Cheeky Chompers, from Edinburgh.
The Athena Award – sponsored by Dell – Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading from 6 to 9 years. Anne Timpany, On Tap Plumbers, from London.
The Hera Award – sponsored by EDF Energy – Awarded to the most inspirational woman running a business trading for 10 years or more. Jo Stroud, Mantra Jewellery, from Leamington Spa.
The Aphrodite Award – sponsored by Daily Mail – Awarded to a woman who founded her business whilst raising a child/children aged 12 or under. Kate Ball, founder of Mini First Aid, from Leeds.
The Brand of the Future Award – sponsored by The White Company – presented by Chrissie Rucker MBE to an entrepreneur whose business demonstrates huge potential for growth. Whitney Bromberg Hawkings, FLOWERBX, from London.
This year’s winners
Maxine Benson MBE, Co-founder at everywoman comments, “When we launched the NatWest everywoman Awards programme 15 years ago, we could only imagine the number and the quality of success stories that would be shared on this platform. Every year we meet pioneering and innovative women who have overcome many challenges to build incredibly successful businesses. The women we have celebrated at these awards over the years – as embodied by the 15 ambassadors we welcomed back this year – have, quite literally, redefined British business and we look forward to continuing to work with them in order to super charge our ongoing efforts to drive forward women in business. We want to congratulate this year’s winners and finalists who will go on to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs contributing immensely to the UK economy and demonstrate that with fearlessness and boldness, anything is possible.”