WeAreTheCity opens nominations for Rising Star Awards

Women’s network WeAreTheCity has opened nominations for its Rising Star Awards, showcasing successful women in business.

The WeAreTheCity Rising Star Awards are designed to celebrate women in business below management level for their achievements.

Technology and Telecoms are among the categories women can be nominated for, and WeAreTheCity is looking for nominees who are:

• Champions of women in their business or sector
• Striving to achieve success and results
• Inspirational to others
• Recognised as having the potential to become a future leader in their industry

Other categories women can be nominated for include:

·         Banking

·         Charity

·         Consultancy

·         Defence

·         Diversity

·         EA/PA

·         Education and Academia

·         Entrepreneurs

·         Facilities Management

·         HR & Recruitment

·         Insurance

·         Investment Management

·         Law (The Lynne Freeman Award)

·         Media & Journalism

·         Oil & Gas

·         Property Services

·         Sales

·         Sport

“The focus on increasing the number of women on boards in the UK over the past few years has been incredibly successful. We now need to focus on helping to highlight women who will be future managers and directors within our organisations,” Vanessa Vallely, founder and CEO of WeAreTheCity, said.

“Our hope is that our winners go on to be role models and ambassadors for not only their industries, but for other women.”

The WeAreTheCity Rising Star Awards, which is sponsored by Barclays, is working in partnership with organisations such as Bloomberg, Cancer Research UK (Women of Influence), and Worldpay to ensure women below management level are recognised for their work.

Nominations are open until 18 March 2016, after which a shortlist of 10 women from each industry category will be chosen by a judging panel, and will then be open to a public vote in April 2016.

Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, which is sponsoring the entrepreneurship category of the awards, said: “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.”