Founder of The Strings Club Amy makes national awards shortlist.

Celebrating 15 years of female entrepreneurship redefining British business Amy Cunningham of The Strings Club from Birmingham makes national awards shortlist. Twenty-one extraordinary women are revealed today as this year’s finalists in the 15th annual NatWest everywoman Awards, the UK’s most prestigious initiative recognising the achievements of female entrepreneurs.

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.

Amy Cunningham 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 3 to 5 years. Amy believes this to be the most humbling side of her work, as she witnesses the impact of music on young children such as an improvement in focus, teamwork skills, confidence and overall wellbeing.

Amy states “I’m delighted to have been nominated for the Demeter Award category at the Everywoman awards and am looking forward to the ceremony in December. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the success of women who work incredibly hard and are able to juggle having a family and running a business”. 

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.

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.”

Winners will be announced at a ceremony held on 6 December 2017 at The Dorchester, London, attended by Government, media and hundreds of leading business figures. In recognition of the awards’ anniversary year, 15 ambassadors will share their inspirational stories of the impact that the awards have had on their business success. These include Julie Deane OBE, founder, The Cambridge Satchel Company, Pip Murray, founder, Pip & Nut, and Ayesha Vardag, President, VARDAGS London.

Fingers-crossed for Amy for the 6 December