Celebrating and inspiring women in business across the United Kingdom

Marking International Women’s Day 2021, we are delighted to introduce The Great British Businesswoman Series.

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Across an awards programme, forum and series of webinars, The Great British Businesswoman Series will be the place to support women to achieve their goals, recognise their achievements and celebrate those already leading teams to success.

The series is brought to you by the organisers of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards and Fresh Business Thinking.

The Series takes inspiration from International Women’s Day 2021’s key message - #ChooseToChallenge - because “from challenge comes change”. Like IWD, The Great British Businesswomen Series will “celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality”.

The Great British Businesswoman Awards will celebrate the women who are changing the face of business. It will showcase role models, advocates and mentors, as well as the inspirational women building and leading businesses across all sectors of the UK economy. The Awards will culminate in a ceremony in September, with further details about entering to be revealed in due course.

Also taking place in September, The Great British Businesswoman Forum will bring together the great and the good of female business leaders for a day of learning, insight and guidance. Focusing on the key areas of leadership, new ways of working and personal career progression, the Forum will provide a platform to challenge the status quo for women in business and pave the way to change.

Niki Dowdall, founder of The Great British Businesswoman Series, said: “I’m delighted to mark International Women’s Day 2021 by launching The Great British Businesswoman Series.

“Achieving gender equality in the workplace and business has been a long journey, and progress has been made in some areas. However, only one in three entrepreneurs in the UK are women and just 5% of FTSE 100 CEOs were women in 2020. Some reports show that today’s businesswomen will never see gender parity in their lifetimes, and neither will their children. And yet, studies show that women could add £250 billion to the economy if they had the same opportunities as men.

“That’s why it’s fundamentally important, even in 2021, that we launch this Series. It’s our mission to create a supportive and engaged ecosystem for women in business.”

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