Finding the UK’s Inspirational Women

Posted by British Gas in Community


British Gas has teamed up with the Daily Mail and Shelter to find the UK’s most inspirational woman. 

Launched today, the 2013 Inspirational Women Awards will look for those ordinary women who are achieving extraordinary things and inspiring others through their leadership, courage, determination and triumph. At British Gas, many of our 30,000 people regularly help out in their local community with charities, sports clubs and community groups. As Britain’s biggest energy provider, we felt it was important to recognise contribution of inspirational women in the communities that we work in. 

From thousands of entries, judges will handpick five finalists who will be invited to attend a reception at 10 Downing Street, hosted by Samantha Cameron, followed by a celebrity charity gala on the 11th November. All proceeds raised will be donated to our partner Shelter, the largest homelessness charity in England and Wales. You can find out more about our partnership here

We are working with Shelter to improve one million homes across Britain in the next five years by improving insulation and energy efficiency, and providing debt and housing advice to people in fuel poverty or living in damp or run-down homes. Our employees have donated their money and hundreds of bags of stock to be sold in Shelter shops, as well as running for Shelter in the London Marathon, Vertical Rush and Great North Run.

Last year’s Inspirational Women Awards recognised a host of women, including mother-of-four Shelley Gilbert, who won the prestigious title for her years of charitable work. Shelly, who set up counselling charity Grief Encounter in 2003, was nominated by Kevin Wells, the father of murdered schoolgirl Holly, for the support she gave his family.

During September, we invite you to nominate those women you find truly inspirational. They might be a family member, a friend, or someone in your local community who dedicates their time to helping others. Whoever they are, we want to hear how they inspire you and others around them. Visit to find out more and tell us their story.

Anna Filipopoulos, Director of Human Resources, British Gas

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