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Discover our 14 categories that recognise and celebrate what it takes during those earlier years of building a successful business and raising a family

COURAGE sponsored by [your company name here - learn more]

 Starting a business is nearly always a challenging undertaking and requires courage to step out of your comfort zone and be visible. However there are times when we have major setbacks or face periods of adversity when only monumental courage will get us through it.

Have you started a business no-one thought possible and had to change people’s perception to breakthrough. Perhaps you took a leap of faith to leave a successful corporate career to set up life and business on your own terms.

If you have shown courage in creating or building your business, we want to hear from you.


INSPIRE sponsored by [your company name here - learn more]

One of the greatest gifts we can bestow on another person is the gift of ‘inspiration’, lighting a fire in their belly that enables them to take action for themselves.

Have you been an inspiration to others? Perhaps you live an inspired life, being totally authentic and following your dreams. Or perhaps you take time to encourage others who are just getting started by sharing your story and your experiences.

If you are walking the walk and shining a light, we want to hear from you.


SELF-BELIEF sponsored by [your company name here - learn more]

There are many moments in business when the odds seem stacked against us. However somewhere deep within our soul we believe in ourselves, our mission, and our journey. This belief allows us to generate the resilience and perseverance to keep putting one foot in front of the other and never giving up.

This category is not for dramatic leaps of faith (see the ‘Courage’ category for that). This category is for the dogged persistence that means you keep showing up even when no-one else does. The commitment to keep going when there is no evidence YET that your efforts have paid off.

If you have that level of self-belief, we want to hear from you.


SPIRIT sponsored by [your company name here - learn more]

We all come from a place of love at Mpower but there are some individuals who are so heart-centred that they radiate goodwill to all. They see collaboration not competition, they are generous with their thoughts and deeds, their positive affect on others reaching far and wide (posiripple).

We know that you beautiful souls will be reluctant to nominate yourselves but if you have a passion for seeing other people succeed, a desire to share happiness with others and an overwhelming love for life please share your story with us.


COMMUNITY sponsored by [your company name here - learn more]

Community is at the heart of Mpower, we are there for each other as we follow our path, all each of us at different stages, all of us balancing our family and our business. This award is for the lady who has either created a community or is there for a community, going the extra mile for others, paying it forward before they may have even reached their goal. Understanding the strength of the group comes from working together rather than as individuals.

Have you created a community around your business, or set up a community project for others to join, or are you a key cheerleader within a community?

If you are the epitome of a community builder or team player, we want to hear from you.

INNOVATION sponsored by [your company name here - learn more]

Our world evolves through constant innovation, the ability to create something new that is contrary to the established norm. At Mpower finding ‘your unique way’ is a core belief. If you have found a way of life outside convention that works for you, your family and your business we’d love to hear from you. Perhaps you have been innovative and creative in your business. Do you have a pioneering approach to your customers or a creative approach to your marketing.

If you are breaking the mould and making it work, we want to hear your story..

RISING STAR sponsored by [your company name here - learn more]

 Starting a business can be a slow and challenging process, but sometimes we see someone who has made a quantum leap; Someone whose ambition and drive has captured the imagination of others and who has achieved a high level of success in a relatively short period of time.

Have you created a movement in a relatively short period of time? Have you built amazing brand awareness? Or made a record number of sales?

We would love to hear about your success story and the impact it has had on yourself and others – please put modesty to one side for this one!

SOCIAL IMPACT sponsored by [your company name here - learn more]

One of the most satisfying aspects of being a business owner is the ability to give back, either through charitable contributions or by championing initiatives with a social impact. These could be non-profit ventures, purpose-led, sustainable businesses, environmental or community focused projects/businesses

Do you support or champion such an organisation either personally or through your business? Have you made environmental commitments in your business? Do you have a charity close to your heart that you support financially or otherwise?

If so we would love to hear your story.

VISION sponsored by [your company name here - learn more]

A clear vision is key in helping you to achieve goals and pursue your dreams. A vision is designed to be uplifting and inspiring, but some mums in business have a vision that surpasses the norm, one that extends into making leaving a legacy and having a massive impact on future generations.

Perhaps you have an idea that will change the world for the better. Perhaps you will bring equality to those who need it. Perhaps you will bring ease into people’s lives. Perhaps you will change beliefs and ideas across the nation (or even the world).

If you have a far-reaching vision we would love to know more about it, including who it will impact and how.

LEADER sponsored by [your company name here - learn more]

Some missions are too big for one person alone to accomplish - but bringing together and leading a team is no simple feat!

Have you brought together a team of people as part of achieveing your bigger business goals - staff, collaborators, joint venture partners, freelancers?

If you've taken on the challenge of creating a team and leading other people to achieve something far bigger than you alone could manage, then this category is to celebrate your leadership journey.

VOICE sponsored by [your company name here - learn more]

Many of us are on a mission to share an important message with the world.  Your message and your story are your gift to the world, that can often make that difference for somebody who needs to hear what you've got to say.

Are you on a journey of bringing your voice to the world through speaking or writing?  Perhaps you speak from the stage, run a podcast or blog, or perhaps you've become an author.

Finding our voice and the courage to share our message with the world, can feel both exciting and terrifying at the same time (at Mpower we call this 'terriciting).  If you are taking steps to find your voice and share your message, we want to hear about it.

LEGACY sponsored by [your company name here - learn more]

As parents, we are making daily choices about the legacy we leave our children.  Legacy is not just about the money they will inherit - it's equally about the knowledge, values, beliefs we pass on to our children through the way we raise them - and of course it's also about what state we leave the planet in for future generations to inhabit.

If you've created a business that's helping to raise awareness and be part of the solution when it comes to the impact of business and modern living, and managing the carbon footprint on our planet, this category is for you.   We want to celebrate those who are helping to safeguard and improve the state of the planet future generations will inherit.

INTERNATIONAL sponsored by [your company name here - learn more]

Thanks to the digital revolution, the power of social media and easy international travel - the world is a wonderfully small place, where it has never been easier to connect, collaborate and celebrate with like-minded women globally.

The Mpower Business Awards are national awards based in UK, however Mpower loves an opportunity to connect and celebrate all women around the world.

If you're a mum in business based outside the UK, with any of the qualities in the descriptions above, you have reached your destination, welcome to our International category!

ESTABLISHED STAR sponsored by [your company name here - learn more]

Want to take part, but been in business for longer than 4 years? 

Although the Mpower awards were specifically created to fill a gap - where the achievements of mothers in the early stages of business were being overlooked by 'traditional' business awards and 'old school' measures of success - we understand what it takes for a mother to maintain momentum, balance and her definition of success even once her business is established.

Our Established Star recognises and celebrates women who are doing a fantastic job of sustaining business success, in the way that's right for them, alongside a wonderful family lifestyle!

Which category will you choose?

Want to take part in 2022? Nominate yourself and/or another mum in business who deserves to be recognised


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