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The chance to be recognised during the 2015 First Women Awards will come to an end on 10 April, when the deadline for nominations closes. So if you would like to put forward a particularly inspiring senior-level business women then now is the time to do so.

Held on 11 June 2015, and hosted by television presenter Clare Balding, the awards have been running since 2005.

The 2014 outing of the event saw Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson scoop a lifetime achievement award for her role in as an athlete and role model for those those disabilities.

“It’s so important to have an event like First Women because we have not yet quite broken through the glass ceiling. There are still a lot of girls who say ‘I will never do that because I’m a girl’, and we need to break those attitudes,” she said.


Supported by the CBI, the First Women Awards have brought together female luminaries such as Juliet Davenport of Good Energy, author Annabel Karmel, former Dragons’ Den investor Hilary Devey and MITIE Group CEO Ruby McGregor-Smith.

“An award like this tells me that I’m doing something right. As a female engineer, I’m one of five women in my larger team so it’s really something to have this acknowledgment,” said Vidhyalakshmi Karthikeyan, senior researcher at BT, after picking up an award in 2014.

Read more about the First Women movement:

Categories on the night include: Young Achiever, Entrepreneurship, Business Services, The Built Environment, Media, Finance, Manufacturing, Public Service, Retail & Consumer, Science & Technology, Engineering and Tourism & Leisure.


The First Women Award movement was further extended in February with the inaugural First Women Summit. Featuring discussions ranging from boardroom quotas to female entrepreneurship, the summit featured speakers including confused.com founder Sara Murray and Amadeus Capital Partners CEO Anne Glover.

Read more from the First Women Summit:

The First Women Awards were created by Real Business and are supported by the CBI. 

Submissions close on 10 April, and the shortlists will be announced in early May.

To find out more visit the awards website, email firstwomen@realbusiness.co.uk or call 0207 045 7600.

In the meantime, join the conversation on twitter at #RBFIRSTWOMEN.

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