The shortlist of the 19th Annual NatWest Everywoman Awards have been announced and one of the nineteen finalists is the founder and CEO of Forth, Sarah Bolt. Sarah is one of four finalists for the Demeter Award (sponsored by Nutriment) – the award for the most inspirational woman running a business trading from three to five years.
“I am delighted to have been shortlisted for the Demeter Award and honoured to be amongst a stellar lineup of inspirational females across all of the categories. It is great that awards and initiatives are set up like this to inspire women to become founders and celebrate our successes” stated Bolt.
Sarah Bolt, originally from Cardiff worked her way up the corporate technology ladder with a busy career at Dyson. Then she decided that she wanted to create more of a social impact in her professional life so decided to complete a Masters Degree in behaviour change at the University of the West of England. Following this, she worked as a strategy planner in the Healthcare sector, then took a leap of faith and founded Forth. In 2020 Sarah won Health & Wellbeing Entrepreneur of the Year for Wales, at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
The NatWest everywoman award is an interdisciplinary accolade celebrating women who run leading companies, creating a societal appreciation for leading experts inspiring young women in society.
The co-founder of everywoman Maxine Benson MBE shared her comments regarding the finalists stating, “For nearly two decades these awards have provided a platform to share the stories of hundreds of entrepreneurs; encouraging, emboldening and empowering other women to follow suit. Against a backdrop of Covid, these women have shown how innovation and enterprise have helped their businesses to thrive under extraordinary trading conditions. We hope their experiences will go on to inspire others and provide the motivation and inspiration that will be the backbone of the UK’s economic recovery.”
Sarah Bolt added, “Women are great multitaskers and you certainly need that at the first stage of any business. Also, women tend to start a business in areas that they feel passionate about which make them not only dedicated to making the business a success but also making sure that they don’t cut corners. Finally, and I know I am generalising here, but I believe women tend to concentrate more on the ‘Make it’ rather than the ‘Fake it’.”
The two companies that co-run the awards are NatWest and everywoman. Every woman is a female empowerment company that works with leading corporations and organisations to improve productivity and performance through unlocking female potential and focussing on equality – raising socio-economic potential. NatWest is a banking company and they support, advise and fund the success of a range of services. With a network of over 400 externally accredited Women in Business specialists across the UK offering specialist support to women in business.
The winners will be announced at an award show on December the 7th 2021.