Marie Claire’s deputy editor Charlotte Moore presented the inspiring role model award to Anne Wallace at the NatWest Everywoman Awards for her social and ethical business model
Marie Claire’s deputy editor Charlotte Moore presented the inspiring role model award to Anne Wallace at the NatWest Everywoman Awards for her social and ethical business model.
Marie Claire teamed up with NatWest at the Everywoman awards to celebrate successful women in business.
Our deputy editor Charlotte Moore joined Theresa May, Moira Stuart, Cath Kidston and Dame Mary Perkins to present the awards.
Charlotte presented the Everywoman Gaia Award to Anne Wallace for her contribution to social and ethical businesses.
After starting work in the family fish and chip shop at 16, Anne transformed an ordinary chippie into a training academy – School of Fish – which doubled turnover and revolutionised the business.
When the recession hit and neighbouring shops closed their doors, Anne was able to purchase another site and re-launch it as a coffee shop.
Anne set up Startpoint café as a social enterprise, providing IT skills, particularly for young mums and the elderly, and evolving it to provide a number of courses and activities – from Tai Chi to crochet.
Deputy editor Charlotte Moore said, ‘It was a huge privilege to meet Anne – she is so warm and inspiring. And to have the foresight and imagination to turn her café into such a creative hub is just genius.’
The NatWest Everywoman Awards were founded in 2003 to showcase the variety of female business role models, celebrating their success and inspiring future generations of entrepreneurs.
Commenting on this year’s winners, Everywoman co-founder, Karen Gill MBE, said, ‘We have uncovered a host of role models who are testament that vision and determination equal success.’
Other awards commended those who have inspired young women and honoured role models who have changed the landscape for women in business.