A businesswoman is in the running for a gong at the North West’s most popular female business awards.
Heather Chapman-Fox, founder of Hopeful and Glorious, from Garstang, has been nominated in the Enterprise Vision Awards (EVAs).
She will battle it out against seven others for the New Business of the Year award.
Hopeful and Glorious works with talented makers and organisations to produce colourful events to exhibit and sell art.
Its fairs and markets provide opportunities for visitors to meet the makers, hear about the techniques and inspirations and see a range of art, craft and design with artists specially selected for each event.
As a keen artist, Heather, who works with husband Gordon, is hands-on and often shows her art at her events, discussing her techniques and encouraging others. She has worked in the arts and events world for the last 20 years.
Each finalist will now face a panel of judges before the winners will be announced on Friday, September 23, at an awards ceremony held at Blackpool Winter Gardens.
Launched back in 2011, the EVAs provide women across the North West with the opportunity to be recognised for their hard work and achievements in business.
Heather Waters, regional enterprise manager of headline sponsor NatWest, said: “It’s our fourth year of being the headline sponsor of the EVAs, and we are proud to support these awards as well as being involved in the judging process.
“It’s always inspiring to see the quality of women-led businesses based in the North West.
“Supporting women in business is part of NatWest’s Enterprise Strategy across the UK and we are pleased to have over 30 front line Business Banking staff in the North of England with Charter Bank accreditation in Women in Business.
“We look forward to this year’s awards ceremony and celebrating with the winners.”
Coral Horn, founder of the Pink Link Ladies networking group and organiser of the EVAs, said: “The hard work starts now for all these ladies but for me, it’s the best bit.
“Seeing the businesses come in and pitch to the judges is great, a lot of effort is put in and all the judges have some very tough decisions to make.
“We’ve a wide range of entrants from across the North West so it really shows how far the EVAs has come since it first started in 2011.
“The awards really do shine a light on those that have a passion and the determination to make a real difference to their business.”
The EVAs judging process is a mix of public nomination with a stringent round of judging and an interview with a panel of highly regarded business professionals.
Public votes can be cast at http://www.enterprisevisionawards.co.uk.
The public votes form a minority share and are graded before being combined with the judges’ scores to choose the overall winner.