The MD of London estate agency Rokstone has been shortlisted in the 14th Natwest everywoman Awards, which celebrate the achievements of women business owners across the UK.
Former Foxtons executive Becky Fatemi is among the 22 finalists chosen by a panel of 19 judges including Chrissie Rucker MBE, Cath Kidston MBE, Julia Hands MBE, Amanda Wakeley OBE and Rosaleen Blair.
Iranian-born Fatemi started her boutique firm five years ago with a laptop and mobile phone, and has gone on to build one of the most high-profile brands on the PCL scene, with clients including royalty, actors, supermodels and prime ministers, and instructions ranging from £150k to £150m.
A finalist in the Demeter Award category, she will be competing for the title of “most inspirational woman running a business which has been trading between 3 and 5 years”.
According to Natwest, the rate of women-led business start-ups remains significantly lower than that of men – 5.7% versus 10% – and recent research by Deloitte has suggested that targeted help for early stage women entrepreneurs could provide a £100bn boost to the UK economy over the next 10 years.
everywoman Co-founder Maxine Benson MBE: “The ambition, success and humility of our finalists make them all strong accessible role models for other women and girls considering starting their own business. Gender has never been a barrier to great ideas or initiatives and this year’s finalists bear that out. We live in one of the best countries for entrepreneurship and there is no better place for enterprise to flourish, as our finalists prove. We wish them continued success and good luck!”
Julie Baker, Head of Enterprise at NatWest: “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. To help these entrepreneurs and would-be business owners, NatWest has a network of over 340 externally accredited Women in Business specialists who understand our customers’ ambitions and provide business advice, mentoring and networking opportunities.”
The winners are being announced on 7th December at The Dorchester.