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The First Women Awards

The First Women Awards

For over 12 years, the First Women Awards grew in influence and impact to become the UK’s leading celebration of senior-level business women.

The First Women programme, which included an online and events network for sharing stories and insight, celebrated the many achievements of exceptional females.


Winners of the awards were either company owners or business leaders who triumphed against all odds or who continue their efforts to achieve diversity in the workplace.

Award categories ranged from science and technology, the built environment and finance, to disruptor, mentor and business of the year.

With the backing of the CBI, industry and SMEs, the First Women Awards drove entrepreneurial spirit, fuelled a passion for change and inspired the next generation.

“The First Women Awards are an opportunity for us to recognise women in Britain and say how fabulous they’ve been in bringing new business ideas and developing business across the whole country.”

Ann Cairs, Mastercard