Enterprising Women Awards Connecting You

Categories 2021

The Enterprising Women Awards 2021 gala dinner will be held on 8 October.

We are delighted to be able to celebrate the achievements of our fantastic finalists. You can book your place here

We have eight categories in the awards this year and we would like to thank our sponsors for their involvement including this year's headline sponsor Futures Housing Group.

Social Commitment Award - Sponsored by 


This award is open to professionals who demonstrate an innovative and proactive approach to Corporate Social Responsibility and responsible business practices. Entrants will be required to demonstrate how they have tackled key social or environmental issues to make a positive impact in their local community. 


  • Bodie Hodges Foundation
  • CR Civil Engineering
  • Cross Productions
  • Halo Recruit
  • HHMusic

Apprentice of the Year - Sponsored by

This category recognises an apprentice who is working towards or has completed her apprenticeship in the last 12 months. This award will be presented to an individual who has shown the commitment and drive to make a significant impact to the organisation they work in.


  • Evie Smith - Reckitt Benckiser
  • Courtney Bower - Recruit 2 you
  • Hannah Ward - Wytech
  • Bethany Less - Xbites

Employee of the Year - Sponsored by

Smallman and sons




This award aims to recognise a professional that has made a significant difference to their organisation. This person will not own or run the business, but will have contributed to its overall success over the last 12 months by going the extra mile.


  • Hollie Newton - EMA Training
  • Rosie McLaughlin - Embark Federation
  • Ana-Andreea Covaliu - Design Studio Architects
  • Matilda Swanson - Loates HR Consultancy
  • Vicky Evans - The Air Ambulance Service

Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award - Sponsored by

This award is for a leader who has started a business in the last five years. The winner of this category will demonstrate the strong development of the business from a clear vision and planning through to successful growth.


  • Rachel Hayward - Ask the Chameleon
  • Janice Holmes - Janice Rose Lingerie
  • Iwona Lebiedowicz - PAB Languages
  • Nicky Botham - Shed Grounds Maintenance
  • Jaz Kaur - Fraser Stretton

Team of the Year Award - Sponsored by

Led by a female, this award is for a team of people (which can consist of both male and female employees) achieving success through the leadership and management from a dynamic leader. The team will need to show how they work together towards common goals, meeting challenging objectives and exceeding expectations.


  • Astute Recruitment
  • Cross Productions
  • DPI UK
  • Futures Housing Group
  • RideWise

Small Business of the Year - Sponsored by

This award aims to recognise business leader who owns or manages an established organisation with less than 50 employees. The award will be presented to a company which has achieved consistent growth backed by a strong financial performance and has clear plans and objectives for the future of the organisation.


  • Access Training
  • Balls2 Marketing
  • Breedon Consulting
  • Shed Grounds Maintenance
  • We Love Surveys

Outstanding Contribution to work in STEM - Sponsored by

Pick Everard

This award is open to an individual or female-led team who have demonstrated outstanding research and innovation in the field of STEM. Entrants must also demonstrate how they have contributed to raising awareness around STEM careers/research, particularly those practices encouraging more female involvement.


  • DPI UK
  • emh group
  • JB Engineering
  • Midland Lead
  • Rail Forum

Business Woman of the Year - Headline Sponsor

Futures Housing Group

This prestigious award acknowledges a business professional who demonstrates all-round excellence in business. The award will be presented to a leader who is ultimately responsible for the outstanding success of a company or organisation, not necessarily owned by them.


  • Rowan Bradley - Children’s Therapy Solutions
  • Natalie Bamford - Colleague Box
  • Sandra Wiggins - DPI UK
  • Jillian Thomas - Future Life Wealth Management
  • Clare Twells - Smith Partnership
  • Helen Wathall - Wathall’s Funeral Directors


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