A TRIO of female entrepreneurs from Northwich have been shortlisted for this year’s Enterprise Vision Awards (EVAs).

Emma Guy, Sue France and Ashley Costello will champion each other in Blackpool tomorrow, Friday, when organisers of the business awards acknowledge exceptional women across the north west.

The three women emerged from a record number of entries to be named among the finalists in separate categories.

"The fields we work in are very different,” said Emma.

“And so this is such a lovely way for us to come together and celebrate the fact we are all thriving in the same town.”

Emma is a contender for the Health and Wellbeing Award in recognition of her dedication to improving people’s emotional and physical health, both at her acupuncture practice, Acupuncture That Works, and in hospices.

Judges liked that she recast herself as the Menopausal Godmother during the first coronavirus lockdown after her clinic was forced to close temporarily.

Initially a Facebook page, and since complemented by a private group and a website, it is a safe space for ladies to access advice from experts.

Meanwhile, Sue, a previous finalist in 2016, is hoping to go one better in the Solo Business Award category.

As the founder of Creative Connecting in Cheshire, Sue organises networking events for women.

“It’s an honour to reach this stage,” she said.

“I know the value of amazing collaborations between female entrepreneurs, as well as the results they can produce, and I’m so happy that’s been recognised.”

Ashley is considered as a role model by those that access her Resilient Kid education and therapy service.

She is a psychotherapist and works with a broad range of individuals – from children and their parents, through to educators and business leaders – to build resilience so that they can cope with the challenges life throws their way.

It is for that reason she has been shortlisted in for an Inspirational Woman Award.

“Knowing that you have been chosen from a large group of candidates not only means that you’re doing your thing, but you’re doing it well too,” she said.

“The EVAs are special; it brings together talented women in the same room – all of them from the north – and I’m excited to spend an evening with them.”

The EVAs take place tomorrow at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.