In 2015, United Nations representatives developed the UN’s sustainable development goals, 17 aspirational goals for humanity to achieve by 2030. Among them is goal five – achieving gender parity and empowering women.
First Women Awards
It’s the time of year to recognise those inspiring females who will join an alumni of game-changers – the race is on for the 2017 First Women Awards. But as always, we need your help uncovering the latest crop.
In her first statement as prime minister Theresa May said of the “underdog”: “I know you’re working around the clock, I know you’re doing your best and I know that sometimes life can be a struggle.” She was not talking about entrepreneurs, but it describes their lives perfectly.
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Pip Murray, founder of Pip & Nut, is one of those exceptional individuals that followed her eureka moment and garnered success. A talk with her unveiled what inspired her to start the firm and how she hopes to inspire others in turn.
There is one final opportunity for nominations to be made ahead of the 2016 First Women Awards, a decade-old initiative which has shed a light on ladies who have gone on to become gamechangers in their respective fields.
For years we’ve uncovered a generation of role models to inspire the next, and the First Women Awards have remained an impartial endorsement for female entrepreneurs. However, the nominations are almost at an end, and there’s still time for you to put either yourself or someone else forward.
Created by Real Business and the CBI in 2005, the First Women Awards recognise pioneering and glass-breaking UK women who have opened up opportunities for others – and we’re still accepting nominations.
Bringing together issues including why the gender pay gap continues to persist, achieving gender diversity in a small business and getting men involved in the debate, the second annual First Women Summit will unite more than 300 people in February.
Nicola Green, head of direct sales for SMC at Bupa, sits down with Real Business to give her thoughts on the best approach for women wanting to set up a businesses by themselves and why Bupa has become involved with the First Women Awards.
Kate Lester, CEO and founder of Diamond Logistics, is a businesswoman on a mission to revolutionise the UK logistics industry, we found out in the aftermath of our First Women Awards recognition.
Mandeep Rai Dhillon collected the First Women of Media award as a nod to her work as CEO of Creative Visions Global. She said it marked "a huge moment of recognition" for her achievements.
With the 2015 First Women Awards just around the corner, Real Business has interviewed three women entrepreneurs about how they are personally tackling the challenge to attract, inspire and empower the next generation of women in business to strive for the top.