On Wednesday 22nd October, Cosmetic Executive Women (UK) was welcomed to a private reception at No.11 Downing Street to celebrate the success and importance of the British beauty industry.
Hosted by The Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon George Osborne MP and Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, the event saw founders and MDs of great British beauty brands gather at the prestigious address including Nails Inc’s Thea Green, Blink Brow Bar’s Vanita Parti, Espa’s Susan Harmsworth, Champney’s Dorothy Purdew OBE and makeup artist, Charlotte Tilbury.
For over 20 years, CEW has nurtured careers, recognised brilliance and shaped the future of the beauty business. The evening acknowledged this work and the support of a government that recognises similar values and appreciates the role of women in enterprise.
Worth over £15bn a year and employing in excess of 300,000, the beauty industry is a key contributor to the UK economy and a global leader in innovation and creativity. Driven by dynamic female entrepreneurs, role models who have built successful global brands, the UK beauty industry is a great British success story.
“For CEW to be hosted at No.11 by the Chancellor is a mark of how far the organisation has progressed since our founding in 1992 and the increasing importance of our sector. The beauty industry is a key contributor to the UK economy through revenue, training and innovation,” said Caroline Neville, President of CEW(UK).
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon George Osborne MP, said: “It was a privilege to host this reception organised by Cosmetic Executive Women. Our beauty industry is one of the best in the world. It brings in billions of pounds and accounts for a million jobs. It’s time we recognised this enormous contribution to our economy.”
Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, said: “The beauty industry makes a valuable contribution to the economy and employs a large number of women, including at senior levels. Like many sectors, it has an important role to play in tackling gender inequality and I was delighted to celebrate its success at Number 11 last week.”
Those attending the event included: The Rt Hon George Osborne MP, The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Caroline Neville President CEW(UK), The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Sarah Brown: Pai Skincare, Thea Green MBE: Founder CEO Nails Inc, Vanita Parti: Founder Blink Brow Bar, Susan Harmsworth: Founder Espa, Denise McAdam RVM, Suzy Menkes, Dorothy Purdew OBE: Founder Champneys, Michael Ward: Managing Director Harrods and Charlotte Tilbury: Makeup Artist.