I was absolutely thrilled and very honoured to win a NatWest Everywoman Award yesterday. It is the 15th year of the awards, given to recognise female entrepreneurs across the country.
Each award is named after a Greek goddess, and mine is the ‘Hera’ award, given to a business which has been established for 10 years or more. When Maxine Benson MBE and Karen Gill MBE set up Everywoman, 20 years ago, it was to boost the profile of women in business, and provide role models for girls and young women, to encourage them to think bigger. The Awards themselves launched in 2003, and Nat West has been a sponsor for most of that time, showing their commitment to female entrepreneurs.
It was a wonderful and hugely inspirational event, held yesterday in the glamorous surroundings of The Dorchester – looking truly amazing at Christmas. Prue Leith and Charlotte Tilbury were both honoured for their contributions to business, and Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers, presented their awards. Judges included Cath Kidston MBE, Chrissie Rucker MBE, and Amanda Wakeley OBE – so we were in very illustrious company!
I was genuinely delighted and very surprised to win. The judges recognised how hard we have worked to continue evolving our business over 12 years, moving from being a pure retailer, with ‘Fabulous’, to now also being a designer, manufacturer and brand owner, with ‘Mantra’.
They were very excited about Mantra Jewellery, completely grasping that it is jewellery which can change the way you feel – and recognising its future potential.
So, I would like to say a huge thank you to my team here at Fabulous and Mantra, who have made this all possible and supported me all the way; and to all of you wonderful, loyal customers, who have been with us throughout our Fabulous journey. Thank you!