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Enterprising Emma Bailie
Enterprising Emma Bailie
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A Garstang woman has won her way through to the final of the 2013 Enterprise Vision Awards - the only business accolades in the North West exclusive to women.

Emma Bailie, of the Aged in Oak Wine Company, Garstang, has been shortlisted in the new business category.

The awards which are now in their third year, received a record-breaking number of entries, meaning the competition to make the shortlist was fierce and the finalists are the crème de la crème in their sector.

The Aged in Oak Wine Company is an independent wine merchants selling both online and in a shop in The Old Post House, Market Place.

Emma will now go before the panel of judges to present her business. The rigorous process will see the microscope placed on the company.

Emma said: “I was thrilled to hear Aged In Oak Wine Company had been nominated in the new business category of the EVA Awards.

“I still don’t know who nominated me and the company, but thank you very much whoever you are!

“It’s been incredibly hard work to launch a new business, but Aged In Oak has had the most wonderful welcome from Garstang.

“I hope I can win this award and bring it back to the town, but the competition is tough in this category and every vote from the public will count.”

Heather Waters, of headline sponsor the NatWest Bank, said: “We are pleased to see so many female entrepreneurs shortlisted again this year.

“The EVA Awards play an important part in supporting and recognising female entrepreneurial growth in the Lancashire region, something at NatWest we are committed to supporting ourselves.”