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The EVA’s light up the Winter Gardens

The Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens hosted this years glittering EVA awards ceremony which celebrated women in business from across the North West Region and are designed to promote female enterprise and encourage other women in to business.

The EVA’s (Enterprise Vision Awards) have been created in association with the women’s business network Pink Link Ladies Ltd who operate female business networks throughout the North West.

New Business Award Winner sponsored by ‘Get Started’

Wigan business woman and owner of Sensoriel CIC, Amy Cotter has been crowned winner in the ‘New Business’ category sponsored by Blackpool Council’s ‘Get Started’ scheme at the 2014 Enterprise Vision Awards.

Amy’s business, Sensoriel CIC offers a range of multisensory services and interventions for both children and adults who have conditions which impact their ability to use their senses to their full potential. The company’s mobile unit means these services can be delivered right across the borough of Wigan.

Amy said of winning the award: “It felt like an amazing achievement to make the final of the EVA’s, so to then go on to be named winner is just fantastic. We were up against so many great businesses, so it truly is a great honour.

“The award isn’t just for me, there are so many people that support Sensoriel CIC including our board of trustees, friends and family who all do so much to help raise the funds which are vital to keep us doing the work that we do.”

David Slater of Get Started and sponsor of the New Business category added: “The New Business category attracted some really high quality entries from diverse sectors and the face-to-face interviews provided great insight into the individuals and the businesses they have started, as well as the evident passion and commitment from all those seen. As judges we were faced with some extremely difficult decisions as we saw many businesses destined for success but we must wish Amy a huge congratulations in being our final winner!

“Get Started is a start-up service and through the service we meet a steady stream of female entrepreneurs who have had an idea, done the hard work and successfully started their own businesses. Sponsoring the New Business category offered us the opportunity to recognise and celebrate inspirational business women from across the region.”

The Enterprise Vision Awards were launched in 2011 by Coral Horn, founder of the Pink Link Ladies networking group. The awards seek to shine a spotlight on the achievements of entrepreneurial women from across the North West and have grown year on year since their launch; with the addition of two new categories, Online Business and Hospitality Industry, to this year’s awards.

The winners were named at a glittering ceremony hosted by broadcaster Penny Haslam at the Blackpool Winter Gardens and saw over 600 guests in attendance. The awards were supported for a second year by headline sponsor, NatWest.

Blackpool & the Fylde Coast winners on the night were:

Beverley Wood, BWD Ltd - Creative Industry winner

Claire Smith, No 1 Hotels Ltd, Hospitality winner

Kristen Durose, Red Star Wealth Management, Financial Services winner and Highly Commended for Customer Services