Tatty Devine, Baker Brother Diamonds & Alyssa Smith in the running.

By Deepa Narwani

Four women in the UK jewellery industry have been shortlisted for the Specsavers Everywoman awards.


Jewellery designer Alyssa Smith, Baker Brothers Diamonds director Lizzie McAuley and Tatty Devine duo Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden have all made the shortlist for the 2012 retail awards and will battle it out in their respective categories at the ceremony in September.

Smith was named as a finalist of the Star of the Future Award in a business, a category dedicated to business with a turnover of less than £200 million, for her brand of jewellery which is based in Hertfordshire.

McAuley was shortlisted for the innovator of the year award, meanwhile Vine and Wolfenden, were shortlisted for the entrepreneur of the year award.

Everywoman co-founder Maxine Benson MBE said: “Retail is the largest private sector employer in the UK, and is evolving rapidly with many more job opportunities transpiring through the explosion of online shopping.

“The industry offers huge variety and diversity of opportunity. These finalists demonstrate that, despite the challenging economic climate, determination, hard work and leadership can underpin commercial success, and they are a shining example to others looking to make their mark.”

Specsavers founder Dame Mary Perkins added: “There are some excellent opportunities for women in the retail industry. Although there are not as many women in senior positions as there should be, there are many good prospects. I congratulate all the entrants in this year’s awards to come this far shows commitment, resourcefulness and true retail flair.”

The winners of the seven different categories will be announced at a ceremony at The Savoy, on September 13, along with the woman of the year award that will be presented as an overall award to one of the finalists.