NatWest Everywoman Awards 2015 Reveals Finalists
Debbie Edgar of Dragon Infrastructure Solutions Ltd from Northampton, makes national awards shortlist
Last week, 19 women from across the length and breadth of the UK were unveiled as finalists in the 2015 NatWest everywoman Awards. These women represent huge diversity in terms of industry, background, experience, age and location in this, the 13th year of the UK’s leading programme celebrating female entrepreneurs.
Debbie Edgar of Dragon Infrastructure Solutions Ltd from Northampton has been chosen as a finalist in the Hera Category for the most inspirational woman running a business which has been trading for twelve years or more.
Debbie Edgar and her brother established Dragon IS together when they spotted an opportunity created by the deregulation of the utility markets. Together they set up a company supplying electricity and gas to construction projects throughout the country, streamlining the process and ensuring efficiency throughout delivery. She has grown the company to a team of 85 and an annual turnover of nearly £20million. Clients include some of the UK’s leading property developers, such as Berkeley Homes and Persimmon Homes and DragonIS is one of only three companies Lloyd’s accredited to handle both 132kV of electricity and 2bar pressure gas.
Future plans include diversifying into other utilities, including a separate off-shoot, ‘Dragon Electrical’ and investment in the provision of solar capability. Working in a male-dominated industry, Debbie is viewed as a pioneer for women in utilities and construction, and actively mentors young women, encouraging top talent to think about a career in the sector.
Speaking about the finalists, everywoman co-founder Maxine Benson MBE comments, “Thirteen years ago, there were very few role models who women could identify with, and that’s why we launched this programme. Today it is commonplace to read of women starting a business, but the extent and scale of their success is often overlooked. That’s why this year we amended our award criteria, and the categories now reflect the age of the business, not the individual. It is crucial to shout about the success women are achieving, sometimes in a short space of time, and often having established sustained growth over many years. These 19 finalists are phenomenal, and our judges were greatly impressed by the passion and determination they demonstrated, we wish them all the best of luck.”
Julie Baker, Head of Enterprise at NatWest, said: “We are very proud to recognise these women, who are not just successful in their own businesses, but are also role models. The importance of women in business cannot be underestimated, so we hope these role models will inspire other women to take their first steps in business. To help these entrepreneurs and would-be business owners, NatWest has 250 externally accredited Women in Business specialists who understand our customers’ ambitions and provide business advice, mentoring and networking opportunities.”
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