Fylde coast's women vie for business awards

The EVAs finals in 2017
The EVAs finals in 2017
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The Fylde coast has an impressive 34 nominations for the top titles in an annual awards which highlight women in business.

The judging panel say they have endured weeks of deliberation before making crucial decisions to complete the finalist shortlists for the Enterprise Vision Awards (EVAs).

The awards had a record amount of entries, soaring into the hundreds and competition across the 16 categories is extremely tough.

More than 100 businesses from right across the North West have reached the finals.

Each finalist will now present and face a panel of judges before the winners will be announced on Friday, September 28, at an awards ceremony at Blackpool Winter Gardens.

Coral Horn, founder of networking group Pink Link Ladies and organiser of the awards, said: “I really look forward to this stage each year, ladies have a real chance to express themselves after working hard on their original entry.

“It’s key to have a judging stage, I think it gives ladies the chance to really talk about their business in detail, sometimes, entry forms just don’t allow that.

“This year is certainly our strongest yet, we’ve been inundated with nominations and it wasn’t easy to create shortlists for the judges, it’s a major achievement to reach this stage in itself.”

The awards, are once again being sponsored by NatWest and Heather Waters, territory enterprise manager there, said: “This is now the sixth year that NatWest has been the headline sponsor of the Enterprise Vision Awards and we’re proud to support an event that celebrates not only enterprise, but successful and powerful women in industry too.

“The awards are growing each year, entries are stronger than ever and the standard is extremely high. Businesses of all sizes have made the finals and the judging process is certainly a stage to look forward to.”

Public votes can be cast at www.enterprisevisionawards.co.uk, from Monday, August 20. When the judges’ scores are either tied or within two percent, the public votes are then added to decide the winner.

The full list of Fylde nominees and the category in which they are listed:

Melinda Kiss, of Keyhole Interiors, Blackpool: Young Entrepreneur

Megan Blore, of Archie Therapy, Blackpool: Young Entrepreneur

Jane Hunt, of Catapult PR, Blackpool: Solo Business

Amanda Munden, of Moo Stylist, Blackpool: Solo Business

Emma McDonald, of Design and Online Promotions, Blackpool: Solo Business

Phoebe James, of Phoebe Freelance Graphic Design, Lytham St Annes: Solo Business

Leanne Marie Docherty, of LM Training and Consultancy: Training and Coaching

Wendy Jackson, of Fylde Tuition Centre, Blackpool: Training and Coaching

Tracey Mansbridge, of Blackpool Transport Services: Training and Coaching

Susan Frain and Katherine Atha, of Top Class Tuition (UK), Blackpool: New Business

Melissa Toland, of Time For You, Blackpool: New Business

Charlotte Beaumont, of Dandelion Childcare Services, Lytham: New Business

Rosie Winstanley, of RAW Beauty Salon, Blackpool: Beauty Business

Chrissy Thomas Griffin, of The Lingerie Lounge, Blackpool: Retail Business

Elizabeth Manford, of The Wax Candle House Café, Blackpool: New Business and Retail Business

Katherine Platt, of Mary, Tom and Friends, Blackpool: Retail Business

Zarana Khajuria, of Kusuz Silver Jewellery, Blackpool: Retail Business

Seema Dalvi, of Dalvi’s Fine Indian Cuisine, Blackpool: Hospitality Industry

Laura Arrowsmith, of Nom Nom, Lytham St Annes: Hospitality Industry

Beverly Davis, of The Ivory Dressing Room, Blackpool: Customer Services

Kila Redfearn, of Blue Skies Hospital Fund, Blackpool: Customer Services

Deborah Wilkinson, of No 4 The Salon and The Fat Cat Club, Lytham St Annes: Customer Services

Caroline Richardson, of Imperial Hotel Blackpool: Customer Services

Faye Atherton, of Blackpool Carers Centre: Inspirational Woman

Jane Hugo, of Streetlife, Blackpool: Inspirational Woman

Jacqueline Rawcliffe, of PNG Digital, Blackpool: Small Business

Julie Maughan, of Woodhouse Opticians, Blackpool: Small Business

Jeneane Warhurst, of 4 Cheeky Monkeys, Blackpool: Small Business

Clare Taylor, of Duxburys Commercial, Blackpool: Professional Services

Helen Turner, of Isagenix, Blackpool: Health and Wellbeing

Louise Wood, of Mortgages by Louise Wood, Blackpool:– Professional Services

Susan Tracey, of Lighthouse Wellbeing, Blackpool: Health and Wellbeing

Helen Gillespie, of Betsy and Els, Blackpool – Creative Industry