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Mpower National Business Awards*

Recognising and celebrating mums in business

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*Important Update - posted Oct 9th 2021*

Hello Gorgeous One!

I hope you and your loved ones are all well.
 
We've all experienced such challenging times since the start of pandemic back in early 2020.  It's been a time of uncertainty, unwanted change and often difficult decisions - and this is equally true of the world of the Mpower Awards.
 
Due to lockdowns and restrictions we had to postpone the Awards in 2020 and 2021 - until the time was right again.
 
I was hoping 2022 would be that 'right time' to make things happen again.  I do believe that more than ever we need an opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated and I was hoping I could create one such opportunity with the awards in 2022.
 
I thought we'd be able to 'go for it'.
 
However...
 
And it pains me to share this...
 
Having looked through all the current government and local council guidance and legal requirements of running a public event of this scale I've realised there is still too much complexity, uncertainty and risk.
 
Yes there are events happening in the world - but awards of this nature are a bit different. 
 
The Mpower awards are a 6-month long process - and this doesn't include securing the necessary sponsorship that needs to be in place before this process can begin.  Which bascially means commiting now - and right now there is still too much complexity and too many unknowns.
 
I have an incredible team who support me - but these additional layers of complexity, concern and uncertainty are not something I feel it would be fair to put on any of us.
 
So for now, the awards are still on hold.
 
I hope you'll understand this difficult decision.
 
When the awards get going again, it needs to be the right time for everyone, and that includes participants, sponsors and all of the team.
 
For those who have already submitted nominations and entries, these will be kept on our awards system.  I've also left the entry forms live, so you can submit your nominations and entries to take part when we are able to get going again.
 
In the meanwhile I'll be continuing to put my love, time and energy into supporting mums in business in every way possible.

If you have any questions or if there is any way I can support you, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Sending love,

Nic x

Are you a Mum in Business?

If you’re a Mum in the process of starting and growing a business, these awards are for YOU!

Coming into our third year, the prestigious Mpower National Business Awards celebrate the courage, passion and achievements (no matter how big or small) of women combining building a business with raising a family.

Not sure who would nominate you? 

That's OK. At Mpower we don't believe in sitting around waiting to be discovered, we encourage self-entry as well as nominating others too! 

Watch our introductory video and find out more...

 

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14 Categories

Discover our 14 award categories that specifically recognise what it takes in the those earliest of years of starting and growing a business while raising a family.

Why get involved?

It's common knowledge there’s a growing movement of female entrepreneurs sweeping the nation, indeed the world. But within this global movement there is a powerful, yet often less visible group of women…

A group of women we believe should be seen, recognised and celebrated - yes you!

Entering an award is a fantastic way to build your confidence, meet like-minded people and boost your business!  Don't just take our word for it, hear from last year's participants (finalists and winners) who tell their story of how the simple act of entering changed everything...

 

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These awards are for you...

We forever hear about those who hit the big time - the 7-figure global empires built overnight, or those in euphoric start-up mode who seem to have lots of time to shout the loudest.

But what about all the women in between?

The ones who are out there, day in, day out, making it happen!

To most, these look like ordinary women, but we know different…

At Mpower, we know that when a seemingly ordinary woman, chooses to take on the challenge of building a successful business AND raise a family, she is setting out to achieve something extraordinary!

It’s time for you to be seen and heard.

It's time for all your hard work to be recognised and celebrated.

It's time to become more visible!

 

So answer these two questions...

  • Are you a mum? 
  • Are you in the first four years* of trading?  

Yes?...great, then that’s all there is to it – YOU’RE IN!

 

*Over 4 years in trading?  Don't worry! We've got you covered...

Although these awards were created to fill a gap - 'traditional' business awards and 'old school' measures of succes overlooked the achievements we know deserve recognition - we understand what it takes for a mother to maintain momentum, balance and her definition of success even once her business is established.

So we also have an Established Star category for those trading longer than 4 years.

Everyone is a winner...

It doesn’t matter what your business is, what stage you’re at, or how big or small. We are on a mission to celebrate YOU and everyone is a winner...

 

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Your time to shine...

Mpower Women are ready to invest their time, energy and money in building a business and a life that lights them up,

But are NOT prepared to do it in a way that costs their quality of family life, health or sanity in the process.

The early years of business are often the hardest.  This is when we could most do with that confidence boost, recognition and visibility. However, it's during these early years, we can still largely feel invisible…unrecognised for our daily courage, and our achievements big and small.

It’s time to shine a light and celebrate what you've achieved so far, and equally who you've become in the process.

Choose your category

Why these awards are different...

Apart from the fact these awards are specifically for mums in the first 4 years of their business, what else makes these awards different?

  • OUR VALUESwe value the way things are done and why, the human qualities it takes - as well as the results achieved.  In our world, success is not measured by speed or size.
  • OUR ESSENCE – Our awards are all about supporting and celebrating mums in business who are doing things the Mpower Way. There is no charge to enter. A surprising number of awards focus on making large sums of money. Other awards often charge to enter and then it can be up to £300 to attend a finals gala to find out if you’ve won. Mpower awards will be accessible to those in the early stages of business.
  • OUR CONTRIBUTION - A proportion of the awards proceeds goes to three amazing charities
  • OUR PRINCIPLES – Our winners are carefully chosen by a panel of expert judges not by a public voting system. This way we can focus on the greatest merit rather than those with the biggest following.
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Become a sponsor

Find out how to partner with Mpower and become one of our 2020 sponsors...

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Our 2019 Results

We are delighted to announce our 2019 finalists chosen by our panel of expert judges for our 14 award categories...

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Meet the Awards Judges

Meet our team and trusted panel of expert judges who all understand exactly what it takes to succeed in business as a parent

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Discover the Finals Gala

THE Networking Party of The Year for mums in business! Discover this inspirational evening of connections and celebration...

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Do you know a mum in business who's doing a great job?

This could be you in 2022...

Many ladies secured amazing press coverage simply from taking part and getting shortlisted - the team have already prepared all partipants a 'Buzz Pack' with all the templates you need to help this happen for you this year...

What successful people know...

Most savvy business people understand that starting and growing a business is not always easy.

Most savvy business people understand that success is not a straight-line journey, and that those that ‘make it’ have often had to face challenges and struggles, especially during those first few years

Why did you choose to go into business for yourself?

…not because it’s easy money (because it isn’t)

…not because you want an easy life (because it often feels anything but)

…not because it’s what everyone is telling you to do (others can often try to put you off)

We do it because we have a burning passion to create life on our terms, to make a difference in the world doing something we love, while making a difference at home for the ones we cherish.

You might not realise it yet, but you really are...

  • A courageous pioneer because you found the courage to take a leap of faith into the unknown
  • A bold thinker because you challenge the status quo and mainstream messages about what success should look like
  • A brave creative because you are willing to step outside your comfort zone every day, seeking ways to carve out a path to success in a way that feels right for you

It’s time to stop hiding...

  • We’re here to support you
  • No need to sit around and wait for others to make it happen
  • No need to stay shy and unsure

No…instead we believe that thanks to the safe, supportive and nurturing tribe we’ve created at Mpower, you can take a deep breath, take bold steps and realise that surrounded by the right people anything is possible!

Never underestimate the power of like-minded, like-hearted women on a similar mission who come together to support one another.

There is a new way to create life on our terms,

A new way for Women who are ready to invest their time, energy and money in building a business and a family life that lights them up,

We’re calling it the Mpower Way and it’s our mission to make this Mpower Way  the ‘new normal’.

Let’s shine a light on the steps we are taking, big or small, to change the future, while raising the generations of the future.

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