Looking for the cream of Yorkshire Businesswomen


The hunt is on to find the Outstanding Business Women of the Year from the cream of Yorkshire businesswomen.

The Women in Business awards has been launched by Forward Ladies, and the winner will be announced at a prestigious awards lunch and ceremony in September, sponsored by The Met Hotel in Leeds. The outstanding business woman will be selected from the winners of the nine individual award categories.

The awards and dinner have been created as a result of demand from the 11,000 members of Forward Ladies- a women’s support and networking organisation, which this year is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

Working women from all walks of life are invited to enter the awards by either nominating themselves, or by getting a friend or colleague to nominate them.  A 500-word award entry is required, along with a 50 word biography, high quality photograph and supporting documentation. The closing date is Wednesday 18th June.

The nine award categories are:

  • Innovative Business Woman of the Year, sponsored by O2
  • Manufacturing Business Woman of the Year, sponsored by Yorkshire and Humber Manufacturing Advisory Service
  • International Business Woman of the year, sponsored by HSBC
  • Young Business Woman of the Year sponsored by Business Link – who must be a businesswoman under the age of 28
  • Best Technology Utilisation, sponsored by Science City, York
  • Start-up Business Woman of the Year – the business must be less than two years old
  • Corporate Leader of the Year
  • Not for Profit Organisation of the Year
  • Best Home-based Business Woman
  • And the overall winner, the Business Woman of the Year, sponsored by Yorkshire Forward.

Etta Cohen, the founder of Forward Ladies said: “We have been asked several times by our members to run this kind of award, and we felt the time was now right to launch the awards.  We have an amazing pool of talented women in Yorkshire and the Humber, either running their own businesses or working for companies which are at the cutting edge of innovation and technology.

“Forward Ladies embraces women from all sectors and at all stages of their professional life, and this is our way of recognising their valuable contribution to the success of the region. Many women are raising families, looking after elderly parents or have overcome tremendous difficulties to take control.”

Forward Ladies was founded by Etta Cohen with a handful of women who met to find mutually beneficial ways of working together.  It is now the North’s largest women’s business networking organisation, and is supported by Yorkshire Forward as part of its commitment to encouraging greater levels of female entrepreneurship in the region.

The network runs approximately 300 events a year, offers mentoring support to members, and provides opportunities to inspire and encourage women in their professional life.

Further details and a nomination form can be found at: www.forwardladies.com/womeninbusinessawards