A record number of entries to this year’s Enterprise Vision Awards hasn’t stopped five Chorley women from making the finals.
The businesswomen were nominated anonymously for the North West competition earlier this year and will now face a panel of judges.
They will find out if they have won one of the 16 categories at Blackpool Winter Gardens on September 26.
Julie Dugan is a finalist in the New Business of the Year category for her company All You Knead. The bread-making business began at local farmers’ markets in March 2012 and now has premises at Botany Bay.
She said: “I think we went into it at the right time really and discovered a niche in the market.
“It’s just nice to know we’ve done something right so far and people are saying we have.”
She added: “I’m quite prepared for meeting the judges’ in that when it’s your own business it’s your baby. I could talk about it all day really.”
Marie Calderbank, from Fence and Drain Ltd, has also made it to the final stages.
The Businesswoman of the Year nominee plans on using the award ceremony as her birthday party as it falls on the same day. She said: “It was only when I put the phone down and told my husband that I realised what had happened.
“When you see the competition you just think wow.
“I feel like I have already won. I mean what an achievement just to be nominated.”
Other Chorley finalists Amanda Morton from Cheetham Jackson Ltd for Professional Services Business of the Year and Financial Services Business of the Year; Katie Stanborough from Baby:Boo Scan Studio for New Business of the Year; and Elaine Grahame from Holiday Inn Express Preston South for Networker of the Year for Pink Link Ladies.