Women in Business

If you are a woman in business, or you know a woman in business who is doing great things, then you should be getting the recognition you and your colleagues deserve!

There is an abundance of women in business awards out there and they are not fizz-fuelled fluffy events. They are tough, competitive awards designed to recognise the business achievements of our leading ladies.

Over the last couple of years, there’s been a lot of good news for women in business. There are only 8 all-male boards left in the FTSE 250 and over the last 10 years, women’s board representation in the FTSE 100 has increased from 11% to 28%.

But as we all know, there’s still a long way to go, with the percentage of women in senior leadership roles staying low at only 22%.

This is why it is important for women in business to be raising their profile by winning awards.

Why enter Women in Business Awards?

Awards for women are not an alternative to entering more general awards, they are an additional opportunity. Women can show off their achievements, gain valuable insights from the women who have gone before them and make new relationships with potential collaborators, partners and investors.

Women in Business awards are backed and sponsored by big names – Natwest, HSBC, RBS, Lloyds, Barclays, Deloitte, Aviva etc. These savvy sponsors know that there are more women opening businesses today than ever before. They want to make sure the cream of the crop come to them for their businesses financial needs.

Gaining external credibility and recognition from winning high-level women in business awards verifies your achievements. Winning awards can present you with valuable PR opportunities, fantastic networking events and provide a step-up to the next level in your career.

Top Women in Business Awards

Here’s a selection of awards specifically aimed at women in business across all industries:

  • The Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards
  • The Women in Banking and Finance Awards
  • The Asian Woman of Achievement Awards
  • The FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards
  • The Natwest Everywoman Awards
  • The Women in Sales Awards
  • The Stevie Awards for Women in Business
  • The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards
  • The Women of the Future Awards
  • The IBM Everywoman in Travel Awards
  • The National Business Women’s Awards

How to enter Women in Business Awards

You must make sure you choose the right categories and awards that align with your personal and business goals. If you’re not sure where to start, look to your peers, or even your competitors, which awards have they received?

If you are nominating yourself, putting in the time and effort of writing an award entry detailing the work you have successfully completed can feel unnatural. It can feel like you’re shouting ‘Hey I’m great, look at what I’ve achieved!’ But what’s wrong with that?

It’s a competitive market and if you don’t shout about your successes, who are you exactly expecting to shout for you?

If you are a business leader take a look at our Top 10 Awards for Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders. And don’t forget, there are also many general awards with specific categories for women – like the Professional Woman of the Year at the UK Customer Experience Awards.

Start entering awards today!

Recognition is important for progression, so don’t dismiss entering awards before you have investigated the potential benefits further.

We help businesses, business leaders and professionals win awards on a daily basis – we eat, sleep and breath awards!

So if you’re a woman in business looking to build your reputation and enhance your personal brand, or if you know a woman whose achievements should be being recognised, we can help you win the awards to get you to next level in career.

Contact us today for your free consultation with Awards Expert Donna O’Toole and start winning the awards you deserve.

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