Women across the Fylde coast have been put through their paces and forced to think objectively about their businesses to claim a place in the finals of a competition.
The Enterprise Vision Awards (EVA) recognise those ladies in the North West who are inspiring others by successfully running their own businesses or champion entrepreneurial growth in our region
Founded by Blackpool-based Pink Link Ladies, the final will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Blackpool on October 4.
One finalist Rachael Nixon of Excel Coaching which has clients across the Fylde coast area says entering was a great exercise and good for the businesses involved. She said: “I actually enjoyed the process because I love presenting but it was a real Dragon’s Den-style grilling.
“Firstly we had to be nominated, then submit a profile of ourselves and our business, then three judges chose the six finalists and we had a five-minute presentation plus 15 minutes of questioning.
“Now it is down to public votes. I am proud to have got to the finals again.
“I am also pleased because many of the other finalists are businesses I have coached.”
Rachael founded Excel Coaching in 2010 at the time that Pink Link began and was one of its early members.
“Its been phenomenal for my business. I knew Coral Horn and Rae Stephenson from Pink Link from our previous businesses and our new businesses have grown together.
“I worked in teaching and recruitment before this so I have a background of helping people progress.
“Excel helps businesses with a range of things, marketing strategies, staffing problems, confidence coaching for directors and staff who have to give presentations.
“It’s a bit like a car service for the business.
“It gives people chance to step back and reflect and to plan for future projects.”