A BUSINESSWOMAN who battled cancer is in the running for a top industry award.

Emma Guy from Northwich has been named a finalist for ‘Outstanding Entrepreneur’ at the Northern Power Women Awards.

In her role as chief commercial officer at Aqueous Digital, a digital marketing agency she founded with her husband, she looks to use her own life experiences, including a cancer diagnosis resulting in early menopause, to help push the women she works with.

Emma said: “It’s a little overwhelming to see my name on the shortlist.

“I believe strongly that women can be innovative leaders in the workplace, inspiring change for the better, and that’s something I always attempt to embody in the roles I have.

“Helping others is integral to my working life, no matter what that looks like; it could be investing in training, being a mentor, or giving back to the community in some way.

“I don’t define myself as inspirational at all, and I often say to people that know me well, ‘I’m just me’.”

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Emma was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016.

Her treatment, which included surgery, resulted in her going through menopause earlier than most.

It was this experience that led to her becoming an ambassador for Prevent Breast Cancer and more recently she was elected as chair of the board of trustees at Halton Haven Hospice in Runcorn.

Alongside this, she is an experienced practitioner in traditional Chinese medicine and owns and runs a wellness practice, Acupuncture That Works, on London Road in Northwich.

Emma has also published a book, The Wisdoms of the Menopausal Godmother, which shares her story and the knowledge she has gained from her experiences.

“Emma’s compassion makes her stand out as a colleague,” said Paula Robinson, operations director at Aqueous.

“She’s insistent staff wellbeing is a priority, and I know that team members appreciate that empathy if they’re having a hard time or need additional emotional support.

“I do think that her resourcefulness, proven by an ability to come out on top in the most stressful and trying of circumstances – whether it’s personally or professionally – does have a positive impact when it comes to the success of the business.”

The eighth edition of the Northern Power Women Awards is scheduled to take place in Manchester in March.

Organisers report they received more than 1,400 entries that have been reduced to 90 finalists across several categories.