We are delighted to reveal the full list of winnersfor the inaugural Great British Businesswoman Awards.

The virtual event was hosted by Wynne Evans and Carol Vorderman and saw 122 women recognised for their contributions across arange of categories from construction and creative industries through to engineering, finance, and diversity.

Across 20 categories, including Construction Businesswoman of the Year, Rising Star Award, Male Advocate and Female Ambassador of the Year, the winners were announced as the first ever award ceremony took place virtually on October 14th 2021.


Launched by the team behind the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, the Great British Businesswoman Awards – part of the wider Great British Businesswoman – has been designed to honour the women demonstrating excellence across business and celebrate the organisations already showing leadership in gender equality in the industry.

The winners were determined by a panel of industry experts, including senior representatives from Birds Eye, Warner Media, Rolls Royce, Greggs, Stella McCartney, Pearl & Dean, easyJet and many more.

You can view the full list of winners below:

Construction Businesswoman of the Year

Carol Massey, Access Group

Consumer Goods Businesswoman of the Year

Anna Brightman, UpCircleBeauty

Creative Industries Businesswoman of the Year

Sharon Whale, OLIVER Agency

Engineering & Manufacturing Businesswoman of the Year

Karen Emanuel, Key Production

Entrepreneurial Businesswoman of the Year

Julianne Ponan, Creative Nature

Finance Businesswoman of the Year

Natasha Frangos, Haysmacintyre LLP

Food & Drink Businesswoman of the Year

Annabel Karmel, Karmel Foods Ltd.

Social Enterprise Businesswoman of the Year 

Sarah Jordan, Y.O.U Underwear

Technology Businesswoman of the Year

Joanne Dewar, Global Processing Services (GPS)

Transport & Logistics Businesswoman of the Year

Rachel Houghton, Business Moves Group

Utilities Businesswoman of the Year

Penelope Hope, Rebel Energy

Young Businesswoman of the Year 

Anneka Wallington, Recognised London Limited

Rising Star Award

Ellie Long, Rolls-Royce

Gamechanger in Sport Award

Claire Nelson, Netball Scotland and Strathclyde Sirens

Team of the Year Award 

BBC 50:50

Role Model of the Year Award

Leena Nair, Unilever

Diversity Award

Amy Golding, Opus Talent Solutions

Male Advocate of the Year Award  

Mark Bennett, Willmott Dixon Interiors

Female Ambassador of the Year Award

Hannah Ingram-Moore, Maytrix Group / The Captain Tom Foundation

Great British Businesswoman of the Year

Leena Nair, Unilever


On behalf of the whole team, we want to thank each one of you for your involvement in the 2021 Great British Businesswoman Awards, whether you’re a judge, a partner or one of the 600+ applicants.

It’s been an amazing year, and we can’t wait to press on with our mission to continue to champion the amazing women across the country in 2022!

You can register your interest for the 2022 programme here.