Finalists announced for the 10th anniversary Enterprise Vision Awards

The Enterprise Vision Awards has announced the finalists for the 10th Anniversary business awards. The EVAS recognise exceptional female entrepreneurship in the North West and this year attracted a record number of nominations and entries.

From start-ups, young entrepreneurs and family businesses to global organisations and third sector businesses. The finalists include a diverse range of businesses showcasing the crème de la crème of businesswomen in the region. From boerewors, female health supplements, post breast cancer lingerie to bee keepers, camper van hire, whistle blowers and game changers, the innovation, creativity and professionalism of these women is truly impressive.

Coral Horn, founder of the EVAS said: “Women have faced huge economic, logistical and emotional challenges as a result of the pandemic. It’s been an absolute joy to see the resilience and strength of these remarkable entrepreneurs who have adapted and flourished. Every nomination and entry deserves a huge round of applause and our thirty seven judges concur that the high quality of entries made their decisions exceptionally difficult – it’s interviews and voting next, then we’re ready for the celebration of the decade!”

Heather Waters, regional enterprise manager for NatWest, headline sponsor of the EVAS since 2013, said: “The calibre of the entries this year is out of this world! This has made the judging process very challenging. I want to congratulate every woman who is short-listed; they are all outstanding and amazing role models.”

To mark a decade of winning women, each finalist in the Young Entrepreneur and Charity categories has been gifted a free ticket to attend the awards and several new awards were introduced. Paul Fox of the Fox Group said “As a proud and well-established family business, The Fox Group are delighted to sponsor the EVA’s Family Business Award. We have been following the EVAs closely over recent years and encouraging females within the construction industry has always been an initiative we have actively championed with many females leading the way across our Group of companies.”

Virtual interviews will take place over the couple of weeks to decide who will win a coveted EVA statue.

The winners will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony on Friday, September 24 at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool. For the full list of finalists and tickets for the EVAS10 awards ceremony visit

Beauty Industry sponsored by FMB Kendal

  • Bella Kowalska - The Nail Bus
  • Clare Blasbery - Skyn Bakery
  • Danielle Pilkington - Penelope James Hair
  • Lauren Hutchinson and Mandy McAuley - Wysteria Beauty
  • Samantha Prendergast - Krizma Cosmetics
  • Sonya Roberts - Brandon May Hair

Business Woman sponsored by Two Zero

  • Collette Butterworth – The Plastic Bottle Company
  • Dawn Coker - Access 2 Funding  
  • Gemma Walker – Helispeed
  • Jacqui Gale - Wax Lyrical
  • Lorna Davidson - Red Wigwam 
  • Maria Whitehead - Hawkshead Relish                                                          
  • Dr Natalie Kenny - BioGrad Group

Charity sponsored by Blackpool Transport

  • Andrea Pankiw - Phoenix Foundation
  • Christine Singleton – Skiggle
  • Debbie Rogers - Sean’s Place
  • Jenny Allcock - Creating Adventures
  • Jemma Swales - Autus Cumbria
  • Marian Graveson - Carers Support South Lakes

Creative Industry

  • Anne Sowerby - Sassy Property Styling
  • Jane Entwistle & Libby Entwisle - Entyce Creative                                    
  • Julie Langan - Langan Glass
  • Leona Marsh - Marsh Mill Interiors
  • Maria Benjamin - Dodgson Wood
  • Philippa Charrier - FAT Properties

Customer Services sponsored by United Utilities

  • Louise O’Toole - James Carter Homes
  • Margaret Bell - Naturally Empowered Health
  • Rachel Grounds - Sassy Chic
  • Trilby Beetham - Trilby the Celebrant
  • Victoria Corcoran - Pets Country Manor

Employee sponsored by Stanmore Insurance

  • Charlotte Hargan - Lakeland Inns Group                                                     
  • Dr Gabrielle Heffernan - Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery                 
  • Grace Raines – Lantei
  • Isabel Wilkie - The Lingerie Lounge
  • Jill Hendry - ELNW
  • Samantha Johnson - Perfect Recruitment 

Family Business sponsored by The Fox Group

  • Amanda Wilson - The Pie Mill
  • Linda Williams - Waterside Dental Clinic
  • Liz Beavis - FMB Kendal
  • Louise Fairhurst - Branded Items Group                                                     
  • Ruth Poar - Eat My Logo
  • Sonia Green - Chorley Vets 

Health & Wellbeing sponsored by Unique Homecare Services

  • Caroline Heaton - Strawberry Rose Farm
  • Claire Morton – The Purpose Pusher
  • Emma Guy  - Acupuncture that works
  • Lana Walker - Worthy and Content
  • Lisa Dykes, Julia Clifford & Suzan Hunter - iCan Health & Fitness CIC  
  • Yvonne Sampson - Complete Netball Solutions

Hospitality Industry sponsored by Lakeland Inns

  • Breda Murphy - Breda Murphy Restaurant
  • Hannah Barlow, Dunsters Farm
  • Karnis Bailey - Tipsy Tea
  • Lisa Goodwin-Allen – Northcote
  • Michelle Wilkin - Lakeland Retreats
  • Wendy Bennett - Austen Temple

Inspirational Woman sponsored by Pink Link

  • Ashley Costello – The Resilient Kid
  • Carol Ann Whitehead - The Zebra Partnership
  • Gill Smallwood – Fortalice
  • Maggie Oliver - The Maggie Oliver Foundation
  • Rachel Holliday - TCC West Cumbria
  • Susan Banister - The Slave Alliance

Internet Industry sponsored by ITS Technology

  • Alison Chesworth – EKM
  • Chi-chi Ekweozor - Assenty 
  • Joan Lind – Trybooking
  • Joanne Morfee and Chelsea Slater - Innovate Her 
  • Lucy Clark - Dream Agility
  • Mary Speakman - Code Galaxy
  • Sara Jones - Centre of Excellence

New Business sponsored by Chorley Council

  • Anna Beaumont and Karen Bexley - Bexley Beaumont
  • Elissa Corrigan - Elle Sera
  • Heather Glover and Kate Maurice – Skarlette
  • Jane Charnley - A Toast in the Post
  • Joanne McCormick & Sara Burgess - Ava & Harrison
  • Victoria Gawith – MerseyMade

Professional Services sponsored by Porsche Centre Preston

  • Amrita Govindji-Bruce - Nori HR                                                                   
  • Angela Horn - THW Estate Agents
  • Emma Astley - Cover My Bubble
  • Heather Crosby - Deloitte
  • Jenna Atkinson - Harrison Drury 
  • Mandy Crossley - MC Accounting & Business Solutions

Retail Business sponsored by Age Concern Central Lancashire

  • Amy Wordsworth - Good Bubble
  • Jennifer Bailey - Calla Shoes
  • Judith Wren - Kin Vodka
  • Kate Greenhalgh - A Year of Dates
  • Rebecca McCann - ProBlo 
  • Sara Dewhurst - Lytham Gin

Small Business sponsored by Sundown Solutions

  • Adele Carr - Adele Carr Recruitment
  • Delight Mapasure - K's Wors  
  • Helena Hoyle and Louie Buckley -Ruby & Daisy
  • Jennifer Greenan - E-Verve Energy
  • Michelle Thompson - Unique Homecare 
  • Sunny Sandwell - The Fun Experts

Solo Business

  • Claire Warner - Claire Warner
  • Jemma Munford - Blissed Out Babies
  • Kristina Castellina - Highcliffe Holiday Apartments
  • Lynne Webster - Bamboo and Beyond
  • Sue France - Sue France Creative Connecting in Cheshire
  • Vinny Scarantino - Chase the Sun

Training & Coaching sponsored by Risk Support Services

  • Alison Magee-Barker - AJ Lakes
  • Becci Martin - Boo Coaching and Consulting
  • Becky Toal - Crowberry Consulting
  • Christina Taylor - Aim Sky High
  • Margaret Adams and Victoria Farnworth – Magistra
  • Olive Strachan - O.S. Resources
  • Wendy Mahoney - Fylde Tuition Centre

Young Entrepreneur sponsored by Blackpool and The Fylde College

  • Ella Deakin - Ella Bella's
  • Ella McKendrick – Nutribuddy
  • Emma Buckley - Buckleys Bees
  • Emma Lea Dalton - My Kind of Clean
  • Lauren Caffrey - The Zone Personal Training
  • Natalie Shilton - The Nakery