Finalists in the 2017 NatWest everywoman Awards announced!

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Celebrating 15 years of female entrepreneurship redefining British business

Twenty-one extraordinary women including one of our WEConnect International certified women-owned businesses, Sandra Sassow of SEaB Energy, were revealed as this year’s finalists in the 15th annual NatWest everywoman Awards, the UK’s most prestigious initiative recognising the achievements of female entrepreneurs.

The announcement comes as research by NatWest Business shows female entrepreneurs have contributed 77,000 new jobs and over £3.5 billion to the UK economy, via 100,000 new businesses over a 12 month period.

Selected by a judging panel of 18 of the country’s most successful businesswomen including Chrissie Rucker MBE, Cath Kidston MBE, Rosaleen Blair CBE and Poonam Gupta OBE, this year’s finalists were chosen for the drive, ambition and tenacity they demonstrate in the face of adversity.

The finalists represent the breadth of female talent from diverse backgrounds, experiences and age groups, running successful enterprises in the UK today. From a family run commercial plumbing company, a footwear brand generating over 500 jobs for local workers in Africa, an independent multimedia production company, to the first tailor on Savile Row creating clothing exclusively for women.

Speaking about the finalists, Maxine Benson MBE, Co-founder at everywoman comments:

“When we created these awards 15 years ago to champion women in enterprise, little did we know the stories we would uncover and the phenomenal women we would meet. Over the years we have been delighted to learn of the impact these awards have had on previous winners. We believe women from all backgrounds should have a platform to share their success stories and highlight what can be achieved even when faced with life’s biggest challenges. This year’s finalists are a true testament to the breadth of female talent in this country and we wish them all continued success."

Julie Baker, Head of Enterprise at NatWest, said:

“We are very proud to recognise these women, who are not just successful in their own businesses, but are also great role models. The importance of women in business cannot be underestimated, so we hope these role models will inspire other women to take their first steps in business. To help these entrepreneurs and would-be business owners, NatWest has a network of over 450 externally accredited Women in Business specialists who understand our customers’ ambitions and provide business advice, mentoring and networking opportunities.”

To see a full list of this year's finalists, click here .

Winners will be announced at a ceremony held on 6 December 2017 at The Dorchester, London, attended by Government, media and hundreds of leading business figures. In recognition of the awards’ anniversary year, 15 ambassadors will share their inspirational stories of the impact that the awards have had on their business success. These include Julie Deane OBE, founder, The Cambridge Satchel Company, Pip Murray, founder, Pip & Nut, and Ayesha Vardag, President, Vardags.

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