Nominations for the 2013 First Women Awards are now open!

Real Business and CBI are proud to launch the 2013 First Women Awards, which recognise pioneering businesswomen in the UK. You can make a nomination and find out more information at the awards website.

Created by Real Business and the CBI in 2005, held in association with Lloyds Banking Group; and presented by the incomparable Clare Balding, the First Women Awards recognise:

  • Women who are trailblazers and pioneers in business – genuine “glass ceiling breakers”.
  • Women whose achievements have helped – and are helping – to remove barriers and open up opportunities for others to follow.

Previous winners include trailblazing, often unsung, women across UK manufacturing, science and technology, as well as iconic leaders such as Nicole Farhi.

You can nominate in these categories: Engineering & Manufacturing; the Built Environment; Tourism & Leisure; Retail & Consumer; Business Services; Finance; Public Service; Science & Technology; Media. Read about the 2012 winners here.

Key dates to bear in mind:

  • Deadline for nominations: Friday April 5, 2013
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the judging day in London on Friday May 3, 2013
  • Winners will be announced at the First Women Awards in London on Wednesday June 12, 2013

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