The 9 have been chosen from almost 1,000 entrants from across the North West. They are all hoping to win the 2019 Enterprise Vision Awards (EVAS2019) – which have been created in association with women’s business networking organisation Pink Link Ladies Networking.
The finalists have been chosen from almost 1,000 entrants from Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria for the prestigious annual regional awards. Out of the 16 categories, the finalists are competing for New Business, Young Entrepreneur, Financial Services, Professional Services, Internet, Retail, Inspirational Woman and Business Woman of the Year.
The overall finalists include TV’s The Real Housewives of Cheshire star Tanya Bardsley who runs her own jewellery, gifts and home accessories business in Wilmslow. The Manchester finalists include Emma McClelland of Kintsugi Clothing make on trend apparel accessible for the disabled, Dominique Morton of MANCUB, a fashion brand supplying matching outfits for fathers and sons. Patricia Keating of Tech Manchester who is creating a place for the tech community to engage whilst raising the profile of Manchester as a world-class tech hub.
Wellbeing and mindset coach Jen Jowles is also a finalist, She launched The Goodness Guide following the sudden death of her fiancé a year ago.
The awards will be presented at a glitzy black tie event on Friday, September 27 at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool when the region’s top businesswomen come together.
Women from Lancashire, Liverpool, Merseyside, Cumbria and Cheshire of all business types and sizes are represented at the awards including TV’s The Real Housewives of Cheshire star Tanya Bardsley, who runs her own jewellery, gifts and home accessories business. The list of finalists is wide and diverse, showcasing the crème de la crème of the region’s female entrepreneurs.
Coral Horn, of Pink Link Ladies Networking, who founded the EVAS nine years ago, commented: “A record number of nominations were received this year, reinforcing what we have been shouting about for almost a decade – that the North West is a hotbed of highly talented women!”
She added: “The combination of resilience, determination, hard work and a touch of magic has made it particularly difficult for the judges to whittle down the applications to the EVAS2019 finalists. Congratulations, ladies, you are already winners in our eyes!”
Heather Watson, Enterprise Manager for headline sponsor NatWest, said: “We are passionate about supporting female entrepreneurship and recognising the important economic contribution that they make in the North West. The EVAS provide an essential platform to showcase their exceptional achievements and help to inspire other women to follow their dreams.”
An additional award, the Outstanding Achievement Award, will be presented by NatWest to one of this year’s finalists in recognition for her exceptional achievements.