Downtown honours women in business

Downtown Lancashire hosted its annual Women in Business Awards with an audience of more than 200 gathered to celebrate the winners.

Taking place at The Villa, Wrea Green, BBC presenter Jacey Normand hosted proceedings.

The big winners on the evening included Red Star Wealth Management (Business of the Year), Antonia Love of Farleys Solicitors LLP (Decade of Excellence), and Sarah Warren of UCLan (Chief Executive’s Award).

Frank McKenna, CEO of Downtown in Business commented: “The quality of the nominees and the winners this years were superb. As always, the Lancashire audience was first class, and we had a really cracking night celebrating the best in the business as far as female entrepreneurship and leadership is concerned.”

Full list of winners:

Newcomer of the Year Rachel and Lauren Finch, Finch Bakery

Employee of the Year Eleisha Cartlidge, Tienda Digital

Marketer of the Year Shahida Bibi, Printed Cup Company

Digital and Creative Award Susie Tucker, Daisy May Creations

Legal Advisor of the Year Stacey Turner, CG Professional

Financial Advisor of the Year Suzie Brooks, Brooks Accountants

Property Professional of the Year Sally Calvert, Napthens Solicitors

Recruiter of the Year Victoria O’Connor, Reed Global

Business Support Award Lesley Crowe, Blackpool Unlimited

Hospitality Award Sharon Brook, Samlesbury Hotel

Business Development manager Award Lucy Hodge, Merlin Entertainments

Female Leader of the Year Lisa Banks, UCLan

Female Innovator of the Year Rebecca Rowley, Beau Baby

Decade of Excellence Antonia Love, Farleys Solicitors LLP

Business of the Year Red Star Wealth Management Chief Executive’s Award Sarah Warren, UCLan