Women and business awards 2005

Trade and industry secretary Alan Johnson urges UK business women to have their achievements recognised and at the same time inspire other women to the top of the workplace ladder by entering the Women in Business Award 2005.

Alan Johnson says “The government has put in place a clear strategy to encourage diversity at the top of the UK workplace and though the signs are encouraging there is still progress to be made. We must all continue to strive to ensure that talent from all backgrounds is properly recognised.

“An award like this will help raise the profile of the important contribution women are making in UK industry and hopefully inspire a new generation of young women entering the workplace to go to the very top. I encourage all business women acheivers to put their name forward as they can be important role models.”

The award, which is now running in its 9th year is a joint initiative between UK Trade & Investment, Women in Business International and the British exporters Association. It focuses on achievement in international markets as well as an ongoing commitment to internationaltrade relations.

Previous winners include: Dawn Gibbins MBE, chairman of Flowcrete (industrial floorings); Elisabeth Boultbee, manager at Great Ormond Street Hospital; Jan Ward, managing director of Corotherm Industries (oil pipelines); and last year’s winner Mechelle Weinberg, director of Alperton Limited (export trading house).

Last year’s winners were Weis Sunn, responsible for groundbreaking international sales in satelite technology and Pat Young, who is heavily involved in the international health care sector.

The award will be given out on December 7 2005 at the Women in Business, annual conference. Now in its 9th year, the initiative aims to promote and encourage business networking and the exchange of knowledge and skills between businesswomen from around the world.

Past speakers at its conferences and events have included: Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan,
Bahia Hariri of Lebanon, Shaikha Hisah Saad Al Sabah of Kuwait, Shaikha Hanadi Al Thani of Quatar, Shaikha Lubna Al Qassimi and Mrs Zanele Mbeki.

The government has delivered support for diversity in the boardroom through commissioning of the Higgs and Tyson reports, through the publication of Better Boards, through holding Roundtables, through commissioning the Cranfield Report on ethnic diversity in the FTSE 100 and through support of
the Female FTSE Index.

Building Better Boards builds on the recommendations of Derek Higgs and Laura Tyson for more diverse and effective boardrooms.

The guide sets out the business case for effective diversity and better practices in the boardroom; cites the benefits for companies, with evidence from some of Britain’s best-known businesses and names; and outlines government and business-led initiatives to develop the talent pool of women.