Leading entrepreneur wins NatWest everywoman Award
Mandy Scott was motivated by her redundancy at a flag pole manufacturer to set up AA Flags, which supplies clients including Harrods, Selfridges and the FA. Today, she has been named winner of the everywoman Hestia Award - sponsored by Countryside Alliance - presented to the most inspirational and successful female entrepreneur running a business in a remote rural location and makes a contribution to the local community.
Mandy enrolled in a business studies course and, aided by an enterprise allowance, launched a company making hand sewn, traditionally made flags. In recognition of the employment hardship the area had suffered, Mandy deliberately chose Consett to base her business where there was 36% unemployment.
AA Flags is one of just six traditional flag manufacturers in the UK manufactured to Ministry of Defence standards. The company has thrived in recent years thanks to the Diamond Jubilee, Royal wedding and Olympics and employs 13 women all of whom have the option to work flexibly. AA Flags prides itself on its one day turnaround for any national flag.
The UK’s most inspiring female entrepreneurs are celebrated today as the winners of the 2013 NatWest everywoman Awards are announced. These women, who combine ambition with humility and determination, are representative of a new wave of female business leaders who are embracing technology, maximising exporting opportunities and building on the UK’s strong manufacturing credentials to achieve
Over 300 guests from the world of business and politics along with household names including Kelly Hoppen MBE, Amanda Wakeley OBE, and Awards Patron Dame Mary Perkins gathered at The Dorchester to celebrate the achievements of these remarkable women. Everywoman co-founder Maxine Benson MBE comments, “Since we launched these awards 11 years ago, enterprise has become more appealing and lucrative as a career choice and today’s incredible winners are running hugely successful, growth businesses. As well as turning over significant revenues, these women all demonstrate passion for supporting and growing their teams, running socially responsible businesses and acting as ambassadors to UK plc overseas. Judging was particularly fierce this year, as the quality of female entrepreneurs was so high, but
these exceptional business leaders are well deserving of their accolades. They are allincredibly inspirational entrepreneurs.” Anne McPherson, Managing Director, Diversity in Business at NatWest says, "At NatWest, we recognise the importance of helping women set up and grow their businesses. We have over 200 externally accredited Women in Business specialists across the country who share and understand our customers’ ambitions and provide coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities to help them fulfil their potential and build successful businesses. The NatWest everywoman Awards have created some amazing role models who inspire other women to take their first steps in realising their business ideas, and we would like to congratulate all of the outstanding entrepreneurs who have been recognised this year. NatWest are delighted to have supported the everywoman Awards for the 11th year running, a demonstration of our commitment to Women in Business."
The NatWest everywoman Awards were launched 11 years ago to celebrate the thousands of female entrepreneurs, many of whom are achieving significant success under the radar. The awards have raised the profile of scores of leading British
businesswomen, creating role models to which others can aspire and whose success they seek to emulate.