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Gordon and Eden founder named finalist in NatWest everywoman Awards

Twenty-one women have been named as finalists in this year’s 15th annual NatWest everywoman Award. The announcement comes as research by NatWest Business shows female entrepreneurs have contributed 77,000 new jobs and over £3.5 billion to the UK economy, via 100,000 new businesses over a 12 month period.*

Sophie Eden (pictured) of Gordon & Eden from London has been chosen as a finalist in the Demeter Award category, sponsored by Nutriment Limited – this Award will go to the most inspirational woman running a business which has been trading from three to five years.

Within six months of beginning her career, aged 21, she established a new division for retail technology, winning high-profile client assignments from Amazon, eBay and ASOS. She then joined La Fosse Associates one year later, tackling assignments typically taken on by colleagues with up to two decades more experience. This success was instantly recognised and by the age of 23 she joined the senior leadership team at La Fosse and took the first female position at this level.

As a business owner, Eden now works as a mentor helping young entrepreneurs starting out in their careers and extends this to providing pro-bono advice to first time entrepreneurs.

Selected by a judging panel of 18 of the country’s most successful businesswomen including Chrissie Rucker MBE, Cath Kidston MBE, Rosaleen Blair CBE and Poonam Gupta OBE, this year’s finalists were chosen for the drive, ambition and tenacity they demonstrate in the face of adversity.

Speaking about the finalists, Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder at everywoman commented, “When we created these awards 15 years ago to champion women in enterprise, little did we know the stories we would uncover and the phenomenal women we would meet. Over the years we have been delighted to learn of the impact these awards have had on previous winners. We believe women from all backgrounds should have a platform to share their success stories and highlight what can be achieved even when faced with life’s biggest challenges. This year’s finalists are a true testament to the breadth of female talent in this country and we wish them all continued success."

Julie Baker, head of enterprise at NatWest, said, “We are very proud to recognise these women, who are not just successful in their own businesses, but are also great role models. The importance of women in business cannot be underestimated, so we hope these role models will inspire other women to take their first steps in business. To help these entrepreneurs and would-be business owners, NatWest has a network of over 450 externally accredited Women in Business specialists who understand our customers’ ambitions and provide business advice, mentoring and networking opportunities.”

Suzanne Brock, managing director of Nutriment Limited, added, “Not only do the Awards promote the achievements of women in business, they also offer inspiration, motivation and support to any woman who dreams of starting her own business. I am enormously proud to be involved again this year.”

Winners will be announced at a ceremony held on 6th December 2017 at The Dorchester, London, attended by Government, media and hundreds of leading business figures.

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