MUM Jackie Speight is hoping her hard work will pay off, as she is in the running for two top awards.
The 48-year-old, of South Shore, took on the challenge of running her own business last year so she could be at home for her sons Andrew, aged nine and David, seven.
After working for 20 years in the civil service, she decided to make use of her admin skills by setting up her own firm Angel Virtual Assistant in March in 2011.
The company helps sole traders, small businesses and anyone else in need of secretarial and business support.
Mum-of-two Jackie is now a finalist in the Flying Solo category of the Enterprise Vision Awards (EVAs).
The awards are organised by Blackpool’s Pink Link Ladies business network to recognise women in the North West who are inspiring others by successfully running their own business or being at the forefront of their profession.
Jackie has also been nominated in four categories, for The Mumpreneur Awards 2012, a national award scheme for mums who run their own enterprise.
As well as being nominated in the Best Online Business, Best Supporting Business and Best Interactive Business categories, she is also in with a chance of winning The Inspirational Business Mum Award, which will be awarded to the mother who proves to be an inspiration to all women in business.
Jackie said: “I’m absolutely delighted to receive these nominations.
“Most people starting their own business will wonder whether they’ve made the right choice sometimes, so this kind of recognition is really encouraging.
“I could never have come this far without the excellent advice and guidance I received from Blackpool business adviser Geoff Reeves and the support and encouragement I’ve found by networking with the Pink Link Ladies.”
Jackie should find out later this month whether she has made the finals of the Mumpreneur Awards, which will be taking place on September 30, at the Heart of England Conference Centre in Warwickshire.
The winners of the EVAs - partly based on a public vote - will be announced during a ceremony held at Ribby Hall Village on Friday September 14.
Despite the fact trying to entertain her sons while running a business over the summer holidays will be a challenge, Jackie says she never looks back.
She said: “I wouldn’t have things any other way. I’m glad I took the plunge to start my own business.”
To find out more about the services from Angel Virtual Assistant Ltd, log onto www.angelassistant.co.uk