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