Janet Angelo, Managing Director of Wall2Wall Decorating, Swindon has been shortlisted for an Award
PUBLISHED: 13:33 19 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:11 20 February 2013
Janet started her business out of sheer necessity following a tough divorce where she lost her house and had absolutely no money. She had always thought of starting her own painting and decorating business, having learnt from her father
FINALISTS IN THE 2010 NATWEST EVERYWOMAN AWARDS ANNOUNCED
The UKs leading female entreprenuers are nominated for national awards
Everywoman and NatWest are delighted to reveal the finalists of the 2010 NatWest everywoman Awards, recognising the phenomenal success of the UKs most inspirational female business owners. The eighth annual award ceremony celebrates successful entrepreneurs who are playing their part in helping to pull the UK out of recession and acting as inspirational role models for the next generation of aspiring business women.
There is no doubt that the recent recession has been a painful time for businesses and this years awards are particularly important as they celebrate successful female-run businesses that have weathered the economic downturn. Research commissioned by NatWest and everywoman highlighted that women-run businesses in general have faired better in the recession, with 50% of women of the 1,200 surveyed claiming that their business had not been impacted by the recession versus 38% of men.
NatWest and everywoman each demonstrate a commitment to the sector through the women in business services they both offer. The finalists in this years NatWest everywoman Awards are shining examples of how hard work, passion and a refusal to give up can lead to results against the odds.
Janet Angelo, Managing Director of Wall2Wall Decorating, from Swindon has been shortlisted for The Hera Award for the most inspiring entrepreneur aged 50 and over.
Janet started her business out of sheer necessity following a tough divorce where she lost her house and had absolutely no money. She had always thought of starting her own painting and decorating business, having learnt from her father when she was young so she bit the bullet and set up Wall2Wall Decorating. She had to work seven days a week to afford a van essential for her jobs. After initially winning a contract with the local council, she quickly gained a good reputation, with an ethos based on taking extra care and respect for the customer, although it was a challenge to be taken seriously in a non-traditional sector. After the first few months, she built up a good client base but it was always tough to find well qualified staff who worked to her standards. She had to train many of them particularly tough for older men in the industry who thought they knew best! She also helps her apprentices to achieve NVQ qualifications; one of her current ones is her youngest son, whilst the elder son also works for the company. Janet cites Margaret Thatcher and Alan Sugar as inspiration as well as being grateful to her great aunt who kept her on the rails.
Wall2Wall Decorating suffered its fair share of setbacks during the recession with large contracts cut at the last moment, although Janet is proud that she has won contracts to do listed buildings such as the cricket pavilion in Swindon. She is excited to be working in partnership with Tesco, providing decorating through the Swindon store and following its success, hopefully other stores too. Her business is also expanding to Stow on the Wold and Burford areas. She has won business awards and gained an Investor in People accreditation.
Setting up from nothing is a real achievement - if you have an idea you shouldnt let money get in your way. Im proud of my team, how they work together and the reputation that we have built. I want to encourage more women into the trade we have high attention to detail!
Karen Gill MBE, co-founder of everywoman, comments, The NatWest everywoman Awards are growing from strength to strength each year. The standard and number of entries gets higher every year, resulting in an increasingly difficult judging process! This is a testament to the extraordinary contribution of female entrepreneurs to UK plc.
Carolyn Currie, Head of Women in Business services at NatWest, Congratulations to all the finalists of the NatWest everywoman Awards. We continue to partner on the awards as we know from our customers the importance of highlighting female entrepreneurs success stories to inspire more women to move on with their businesses and to encourage others to start-up in business. The support services we and everywoman both offer business women makes this a perfect partnership
The award categories are inspired by the ancient Greek goddesses who represent feminine archetypes of courage, determination, perseverance, wisdom and strength the key qualities needed as a female business owner. In addition to the four categories highlighting the success of entrepreneurs across different age groups, six further awards will be presented, including two new awards - the Hestia Award for running a business in a remote rural location and making a contribution to the local community and the Gaia Award for running a business with a clearly defined social and/or ethical purpose at its heart.
The winners are announced over a lunch ceremony on 1 December held at The Dorchester Hotel in Londons Park Lane. Guests will include VIPs from the fields of business, government, media and others in the public eye.