Girl power to the fore in shortlist

Solicitor Fiona Reid of Ascroft Whiteside, Whitegate Drive, Blackpool.
Solicitor Fiona Reid of Ascroft Whiteside, Whitegate Drive, Blackpool.
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DOING it for the girls.

That was the message as a shortlist of winners for this year’s Enterprise Vision Awards (the EVAs) was announced including five high-powered Blackpool businesswomen.

The contest was created to specifically recognise women in the North West who are inspiring others by successfully running their own businesses or are at the forefront of their profession.

And after an unprecedented number of entries in this year’s awards the finalists have been announced and five Blackpool -based businesses are in the running to receive a top honour.

They will each now take their place amongst a final six in their respective category.

They are:

n Kristen Durose, of Red Star Wealth Management, is shortlisted in the Business Woman of the Year Award

n Jackie Speight, of Angel Virtual Assistant, is a finalist in the Sole Trader category

n Hayley Rowlings, of Hayley Rowlings Training, is one of the six in the Sole Trader category

n Fiona Reid, of Ascroft Whiteside Solicitors, is shortlisted for the Professional Services award.

n Julie Dewhirst, of Julie Dewhirst Bookkeeping, is a finalist in the “Networker of the Year” award as voted for by Pink Link members.

Despite only being in their second year, the EVAs, run by Lancashire networking group Pink Link Ladies, have attracted strong entries from across the North West.

Judge Colin Burbidge, from Lancashire Wine School, sponsors of the Professional Services category, said: “As someone who spent a great deal of my career delivering complex projects in the financial sector I know that while the words Professional Services are easy to say, delivering a professional service is much harder work, requiring a dedication to customer service and attention to detail driven by a passion for seeing to outcomes the customer wants to see.

“I have the utmost admiration for those who cut through this fog to succeed on behalf of their customers. The field for this category in the EVA’s was very strong in 2011 and looks even stronger for 2012. All the nominees were of a very high standard and it was and is a great privilege to be on the panel of judges.”

Fellow judge and former winner Caroline Chesworth, of Mad Science, sponsors of the Business Woman of the Year category, added: “The application and judging process literally turns the microscope on your business and your plans and forces you to critically evaluate them and this will only get harder as the heat is turned up in the interview stage.

“Having seen the quality of entries in the early rounds, I know this is going to be a tough category but I look forward to the next phase of face to face judging and ultimately handing over the baton as the winner is announced on the night.”

The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at Ribby Hall Village on Friday September 14.

That was the message as a shortlist of winners for this year’s Enterprise Vision Awards (the EVAs) was announced including five high-powered Blackpool businesswomen.

The contest was created to specifically recognise women in the North West who are inspiring others by successfully running their own businesses or are at the forefront of their profession.

And after an unprecedented number of entries in this year’s awards the finalists have been announced and five Blackpool -based businesses are in the running to receive a top honour.

They will each now take their place amongst a final six in their respective category.

They are:

*Kristen Durose, of Red Star Wealth Management, is shortlisted in the Business Woman of the Year Award

*Jackie Speight, of Angel Virtual Assistant, is a finalist in the Sole Trader category

*Hayley Rowlings, of Hayley Rowlings Training, is one of the six in the Sole Trader category

*Fiona Reid, of Ascroft Whiteside Solicitors, is shortlisted for the Professional Services award.

*Julie Dewhirst, of Julie Dewhirst Bookkeeping, is a finalist in the “Networker of the Year” award as voted for by Pink Link members.

Despite only being in their second year, the EVAs, run by Lancashire networking group Pink Link Ladies, have attracted strong entries from across the North West.

Judge Colin Burbidge, from Lancashire Wine School, sponsors of the Professional Services category, said: “As someone who spent a great deal of my career delivering complex projects in the financial sector I know that while the words Professional Services are easy to say, delivering a professional service is much harder work, requiring a dedication to customer service and attention to detail driven by a passion for seeing to outcomes the customer wants to see.

“I have the utmost admiration for those who cut through this fog to succeed on behalf of their customers. The field for this category in the EVA’s was very strong in 2011 and looks even stronger for 2012. All the nominees were of a very high standard and it was and is a great privilege to be on the panel of judges.”

Fellow judge and former winner Caroline Chesworth, of Mad Science, sponsors of the Business Woman of the Year category, added: “The application and judging process literally turns the microscope on your business and your plans and forces you to critically evaluate them and this will only get harder as the heat is turned up in the interview stage.

“Having seen the quality of entries in the early rounds, I know this is going to be a tough category but I look forward to the next phase of face to face judging and ultimately handing over the baton as the winner is announced on the night.”

The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at Ribby Hall Village on Friday September 14.