Women in business honoured at EVAs

The winners of the 2013 Enterprise Vision Awards have been revealed at a glittering ceremony held at the Hilton Blackpool hotel.

EVAs 2013The EVAs seek to recognise the achievements of women in business from across the North West and attracted an unprecedented number of entries from across Lancashire and beyond.

The entry process required the business women to submit a detailed written application, before being invited to present their business to a panel of judges.

This element saw each applicant quizzed about their business journey and future career aspirations before receiving a score from each judge.

The business women who beat off stiff competition to be crowned winner in their category were:

Inspirational Woman of the Year Denise Armer and Jane Halpin of Unique Kidz and Co

Small Business Eleanor Postlethwaite of Photobaby

Business Woman of the Year Elys Poppy of The Sauce Queen

New Business of the Year Caz Moss of the Style Factory CIC

Sole Trader of the Year Allyson Houghton of Ideas Interiors

Business and Personal Financial Services Kristen Durose of Red Star Wealth Management

Creative Industry of the Year Kate Harling of Marmalade Toast

Professional Services Business of the Year Liz Tait of Divorce Jigsaw

Training and Coaching Business of the Year Julie Ryder of Hear First

Beauty Business of the Year Lorraine Oates of Lorraine Oates Photography

Health and Fitness Linda Stott of Arriba UK

Customer Services Industry of the Year Jane Cuthbertson of Barrica Wines

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Nuala Lewis of Slouch Mat Ltd

North West Network of the Year Jane Caunce of Ellison Printing

Heather Waters of headline sponsor NatWest said: “We are delighted to be involved with the EVAs this year and found the judging process offered a unique opportunity to learn more about the diverse range of businesses that are run by women across the North West.

"The EVAs are invaluable to recognising the successes of female entrepreneurs in the region, something that NatWest is also committed to supporting.” The award ceremony was attended by around 500 guests including leading business players from across the North West. The sparkling ceremony was hosted by 2012 double winner, Isla Wilson of Ruby Star Associates and guests were serenaded by vocal talent, Kristina Castellina and live music from saxophonist, Rosemary Quaye.