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The search is on for the UK’s most inspiring, female-led ethical business, with the launch of the Triodos Women in Ethical Business Awards (WEBA) 2008.

The awards, now in their third year, celebrate the women behind some of the most inspiring ethical businesses in the UK. With ethical business now a £32 billion industry, the 2008 WEBA winner will bring ethical lifestyle choices into the mainstream – using business to make the world a better place. This year, in addition to the ethical business and ethical entrepreneur awards, there’s a new category for the ethical small business of the year.

‘The thriving state of today’s ethical marketplace is in no small part down to the different approach women can bring to business,’ says WEBA judge Louise Davey, Relationship Manager in Triodos’ Social Banking Team. ‘WEBA showcases the success stories of women doing business in a way that’s better for people and the planet.’

‘I’m a great believer that women want business to actively benefit the environment as well as society in general,’ says Lynne Franks, PR guru and founder of the Seed Network for women’s enterprise. “The WEBAs are a great way of celebrating the women behind the UK’s best ethical businesses and empowering others to follow in their footsteps.’

Last years winners included organic home delivery service Abel & Cole and the force behind it, Ella Heeks, who picked up the Ethical Business Award, and Polly Gowers of charity search engine, who won the Ethical Entrepreneur Award.

‘Winning the 2007 Women in Ethical Business Award was a fantastic boost for Abel & Cole, the people who work here and me. The WEBAs are important. They offer encouragement and attention to women running businesses the right way,’ says Ella Heeks.

Entry is easy and free. Applicants should call 0117 980 9631 or visit for more information and to apply. All entries must be received by 14 February 2008.

To apply, you must be a woman who runs or owns a business that’s based on sound ethical principles. Ethical business award entrants must run a business with a turnover greater than £1 million and have been trading for three years of more. To apply for the ethical small business award, sponsored by Ecover, the business must have a turnover of less than £1 million and have been running for three years or more. Applicants for the ethical entrepreneur category should be able to demonstrate a track record of innovation in sustainable business. The Awards are run in association with Eve Magazine. All shortlisted candidates will be entered into the Eve Magazine award, voted for by its readers.

All applicants will be invited to a free business master class from Lynne Franks, where the cream of UK ethical business will share the secrets behind their commercial success. Prizes include an outfit from fairtrade and organic fashion retailer Adili, a year’s worth of clean, green electricity from Ecotricity and a weekend break at Pelham House Hotel in Lewes, East Sussex.

Thanks to our sponsors: Ecover; Ecotricity; Pelham House; Adili

Triodos Bank only finances enterprises which create social, environmental or cultural added value. Key sectors include organic food and farming, renewable energy, social housing and fair trade. Transparency is a core value: customers are informed about the bank’s lending and can target their savings to particular areas of investment. A range of personal savings accounts are offered and full banking services are available for businesses and charities. Triodos Bank is an independent bank founded in the Netherlands in 1980. Its principles and independence are protected through a special shareholding trust. The UK office opened in 1995 and is based in Bristol.

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