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Supporting the growth of female entrepreneurs not only drives diversity within UK businesses but it also creates an environment for future entrepreneurial heroines to flourish and succeed, empowering future generations to succeed in business. I’m extremely proud that Virgin Media Business are sponsoring a fantastic category which will inspire our future leaders.
‘I believe we’re on the verge of a big breakthrough in the long journey towards true gender equality. The big changes we are seeing throughout our world are unsettling but they also bring the opportunity of a more balanced, more equal society, by shaking up the centuries-old patriarchal power system and changing the nature of leadership. The ability to inspire rather than force is what’s important now. This is good news for many women, who are empathetic by nature and good at connecting. Now more than ever it’s important to celebrate and encourage those women who are Rising Stars, and I am delighted to congratulate them and look forward to their next achievements!’
I am proud to support the Rising Stars Awards which are a great way to celebrate the pipeline of fantastic female talent who are smashing the glass ceiling. These awards shine a light on rising stars from all walks of life who are significantly contributing to their organisations and inspiring the next generation.
We have made fantastic progress in recent years – we now have the lowest gender pay gap on record, more than doubled the number of women on boards in the FTSE 350 and we’ve been rated the best place in Europe for women to start a business. But we have to push further to achieve true gender equality, and celebrating the achievements of women through these awards take us one step closer to this.
If Britain is to seize its place as a digital nation of significance, we need more digital skills, and fast. Women are a vital part of this talent pool. Not for 100 years has the key to economic growth rested so firmly in the hands of the diversity agenda, and the Rising Star awards are a great initiative to shine a light on our future talent.
The Women’s Equality Party is delighted to partner the Rising Star Awards, which recognise excellence and innovation from women in business and across working life. Equality of opportunity for working women is one of our party’s core objectives, so WE are pleased to see so many wonderful nominees working towards this goal. We’re delighted, too, that these awards showcase the talents of outstanding role models in many other areas of public and private life.
We are delighted to be the lead sponsor of the Rising Star Awards which recognises the achievements of talented women on their way to the top; the contributions they make to their organisations and society in general. At Barclays we have a range of programmes which develop and support female talent as they progress through the Bank. Our management training encourages the building of diverse teams and maximising the skills of all our talent, enabling colleagues to truly be themselves and unleash all their potential.
340 nominations (40% from male nominees)
14 corporate sponsors
15,000 public votes from across 112 countries
5,000 tweets (#watctop50)
100 shortlisted individuals featured on WeAreTheCity
Covered in Insurance Day, HR Today, Evening Standard
190 individuals attended shortlist event at Bloomberg
50 winners celebrated
150 individuals attended winners event at House of Commons
Over 170,000 page views for Rising Stars posts on WeAreTheCity
15 Promotions for 2015 winners since the 2015 awards closed
10 winners have gone on to win other awards
2015 winners have spoken on panels, radio and been featured in local news and press
37 of our top 50 award winners were promoted within 12 months of winning their awards
850 nominations (43% from male nominees)
22 corporate sponsors
28,000 public votes from across 110 countries
20,000 tweets (#watctop50)
200 shortlisted individuals featured on WeAreTheCity plus ten Champions
Covered in The Metro, BBC Women’s Hour, FM World, British Forces Radio
180 individuals attended shortlist event at Bloomberg
100 winners celebrated plus five champions
180 individuals attended winners event at Barclays
#watctop100 hashtag trended no.1 during the shortlist event and on five other occasions
Over 300,000 page views for Rising Stars posts on WeAreTheCity
Rising Stars Introduction & Shortlist Event 2016
Rising Stars Winners Event 2016
Rising Stars Winners Event 2015