Inspirational Nottingham Woman Named Rising Star at National Business Awards


Twenty women entrepreneurs were honored for paving the way for business at the Great British Businesswoman Awards, including Ellie Long of Nottingham who received the Rising Star Award.

Ellie was nominated for her position as Early Career Business Partner (EMEA and APAC) at Rolls-Royce, where she is passionate about attracting and developing a diverse talent pool and enabling individuals to reach their potential and achieve success. business.

The panel of expert judges praised his ethics and his efforts to challenge an industry that needs progress in diversity and inclusion, with the real potential for change being in the early career space.

The virtual event took place on the 14th and was hosted by Wynne Evans and Carol Vorderman. It saw 122 women recognized for their contributions in a range of categories ranging from construction and the creative industries to engineering, finance and diversity.

The inaugural awards ceremony stems from the Great British Businesswoman Series, a collective of industry experts seeking to educate and campaign for recognition and better opportunities for businesswomen, which was launched at the occasion of International Women’s Day.

The awards aim to recognize the persistent challenges for women in business, with just 2% of FTSE 250 CEOs being women, and to tackle inequalities by inspiring the next wave of women entrepreneurs to take action through the success stories told by the nominees of the evening.

However, the initiative continues beyond the awards night and is committed to celebrating pioneering businesswomen throughout the year through a forum and webinar program focused on the community.

The awards were created by the team behind the Great British Entrepreneur Awards (GBEA). Following the success of the GBEA Awards, which are set to be the UK’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship in November, the founders felt that more attention needed to be paid to influential women who dominate the industry, and so assembled a panel of 46 judges. to provide expertise in the various categories.

Hundreds of people watched the ceremony live, which Francesca James of the Great British Business Woman Awards said reflected a desire to focus more on role models in business.

Francesca said: “It was great to hear so many stories about how women are making their mark in various industries across the UK. Despite the year 2021, there are still many obstacles that women face, especially in managerial positions in companies, whether in funding, salary or company representation. I hope the success of events like this marks a turning point where more women feel comfortable talking about the obstacles they face in the business world, and I hope this leads to more equality in the world of work.

“We are proud to have hosted our first awards and hope that next year will be even bigger and better, which means we can continue to share the stories of these inspiring women, across the UK and beyond. of the.”

Out of 600 nominations in total, 122 were selected with 20 final prizes awarded at the ceremony. The winners in each category were:

Construction businesswoman of the year:

Tina Patel, Formed Architects & Designers UK Limited

Consumer Goods Businesswoman of the Year:

Anna Brightman, UpCircle Beauty

Businesswoman of the Year in the Creative Industries:

Sharon Whale, Agence OLIVER

Businesswoman of the Year in Engineering and Manufacturing:

Karen Emanuel, Key Production

Entrepreneurial Businesswoman of the Year – Sponsored by Starling Bank:

Julianne Ponan, Creative Nature

Financial Businesswoman of the Year:

Natasha Frangos, Haysmacintyre LLP

Gastronomic Businesswoman of the Year:

Annabel Karmel, Aliments Karmel Ltée.

Social Enterprise Businesswoman of the Year:

Sarah Jordan, YOU Underwear

Tech Businesswoman of the Year:

Joanne Dewar, Global Processing Services (GPS)

Businesswoman of the year in transport and logistics:

Rachel Houghton, Company Relocation Group

Businesswoman of the Year in Public Services:

Penelope Hope, Rebel Energy

Young Businesswoman of the Year:

Anneka Wallington, Recognized London Limited

Rising Star Award – Sponsored by mthree:

Ellie Long, Rolls-Royce

Gamechanger Prize in Sport:

Claire Nelson, Netball Scotland and Strathclyde Sirens

Team of the Year Award:

BBC 50:50

Model of the Year Award:

Leena Nair, Unilever

Diversity Award – Sponsored by Colt:

Catalina Hernandez, Ernst & Young

Male Lawyer of the Year Award

Mark Bennett, Willmott Dixon Interiors

Woman Ambassador of the Year Award:

Hannah Ingram-Moore, Maytrix Group / Captain Tom Foundation

Great British Businesswoman of the Year Award:

Leena Nair, Unilever

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