SME Categories – these categories celebrate entrepreneurs. They are the women who founded or run businesses and maintain control and interest in their business.

START UP

This award is for women who have started a new business and is within the first 5 years of trading.

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR

This award is for women under the age of 30 who own or run their own business. The applicant should ideally be able to demonstrate their current involvement in the successful business venture.

FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR

This award is for women who own or run a business.

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

This award is for women who have founded a charity or social enterprise.

INTERNATIONAL ENTREPRENEUR

This award is for women who own or run an SME business and is successfully trading internationally. The applicant should ideally be able to demonstrate where their products / services are trading outside the UK.

Corporate Categories - these categories celebrate female leaders and rising stars. 

CORPORATE LEADER

This award is for women who are working in a management role within a large corporate company. These women will have had 10+ years of experience of corporate leadership and evidence they have driven the business forward with exceptional results. They will also have evidence of mentoring people along with examples of community engagement.

EMERGING LEADER

This award is for women working within a large corporate organisation and they demonstrate personal, as well as general business progression being achieved.

STEM LEADER

This award is for women in a senior position working within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics sector. Applicants must either be running their own business or be employed in a relevant business. They should be able to demonstrate the positive impact of their role to the business in which they work and show examples of how they have encouraged other women to join the sector.

STEM RISING STAR

This award is to recognise professional women working within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics sector who have made important advances in their chosen STEM career path and are acknowledged as a future leader of STEM initiatives.

They should be able to demonstrate their dedication to their careers to date and how they have spearheaded significant discoveries whilst making an impact within their fields.

PUBLIC SECTOR/NOT FOR PROFIT

This award is for women who either run, or who are employed to work or who volunteer a significant amount of their time working within academia, the public sector or charity organisations.

Joint Categories - these categories are open to both entrepreneurs and career women.

DIVERSITY CHAMPION

This award is for women who have a track record in mentoring and developing future leaders of industry.

MALE AGENT OF CHANGE

This award is for men who are championing diversity and pushing for the progression of women in the workplace.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

This award will be presented to a woman who has made a significant contribution to the support of women in their sector, over a substantial period of time.

OVERALL WINNER

This award will be presented to the woman who scored most highly across the judging criteria and will be announced at the National Grand Final.