Search launched for women of the future

TV Dragon James Caan, Neom co-founder and director Nicola Elliott and Helen Sachdey, UK Strategy, Retail and Business Banking Director of Barclays. (S)
TV Dragon James Caan, Neom co-founder and director Nicola Elliott and Helen Sachdey, UK Strategy, Retail and Business Banking Director of Barclays. (S)

The annual search for Britain’s most inspirational younger women is underway with the launch of the 2013 Women of the Future awards.

The awards, organised in association with Shell, are the UK’s largest programme to recognise talented women aged 35 and under who are role models for the next generation.

They recognise women across nine industries, as well as mentors and organisations that promote their own younger women.

One of last year’s winners was Harrogate businesswoman Nicola Elliott, who built the organic fragrance and body care brand Neom Organics. Others include a Middlesbrough checkout girl who became manager at Asda’s top-performing store, and an 18-year-old who discovered two asteroids during a work experience placement.

Organiser Pinky Lilani OBE said: “Every year, I am amazed at the unique talents we unearth, and their capacity for kindness and generosity. I urge organisations, and individuals, to nominate their own ‘women of the future’ for the 2013 awards.”

The ceremony takes place in London on November 13. Nominations can be made until September 11, 2013 at awards.womenofthefuture.co.uk