The London Mayor’s Office have shown their support for WeAreTheCity’s 2017 Rising Star Awards and emerging female talent in the UK.

rajesh agrawalSpeaking about the awards, Deputy Mayor for Business, Rajesh Agrawal said, “I am delighted to support these awards which shine a light on emerging female business talent in the capital and around the country.

“The Mayor and I are determined to remove any barriers to women enjoying equal success by adopting the highest possible standards for fair pay, good working conditions and gender equality in business.

“Awards such as this will take us closer to smashing the glass ceiling and help us to develop existing strong business links between London and India.”

For the third year running, these highly successful awards will celebrate 100 individual female contributors who represent the leaders and role models of tomorrow. These individuals will join an alumni of 200 previous winners from 2015/2016 across the UK and India. Nominations are open until 24 March 2017.

The 2017 awards are headline sponsored by The Times and The Sunday Times. Category sponsors include an array of leading FTSE 100 companies and industry leaders: Aon, Barclays, Bloomberg, Citi, CR-UK, EY, EDIT Development, Executive Secretary, Kier, LinkedIn, Lloyd’s, Morgan Stanley, Northern Trust, Oliver Wyman, PedalSure, Reed Smith, Societe Generale, Streets Consulting, The Royal Navy, Worldpay and 3M.

WeAreTheCity are also proud to announce the Company of the Year award, a new category for 2017. The award recognises the achievements of a company who can clearly demonstrate that they are actively supporting and developing their female talent pipeline through initiatives, training, development programmes and/or internal employee relations groups.

The awards are once again looking for Rising Star Champions, which acknowledges the efforts of both male and female senior leaders, who are supporting the pipeline outside of their corporate responsibilities.

Nominations are open via risingstars.wearethecity.com. A shortlist of ten women chosen by a judging panel published 15 May, followed by an open public vote. The Top 100 Rising Stars winners will be announced 19 June followed by a celebratory evening reception at News UK’s HQ, taking place on 12 July.

Founded in 2015, the awards continue to play a vital part in highlighting female talent across the country. Recognising that careers for women may follow different timescales, the Rising Star awards do not have any age restrictions. WeAreTheCity feels it has a responsibility to ensure that female talent, regardless of age and background, receives the necessary support and skills to transition into key decision-making roles within our organisations. WeAreTheCity will use its extensive reach across the UK and Ireland to find 100 high-achieving women across key industries and professions.

To find out more about the Rising Star Awards and to nominate, click here.

Source: WeAreTheCity Information and jobs portal for business women