A DAVENHAM businesswoman is celebrating a landmark anniversary with a series of events and partnerships.

Lace Bridal marks its 15th anniversary this year with events including the UK’s largest wedding fair and The National Wedding Show, in March.

The business also recently finalised a new collaboration with designer to the stars, Sabina Motasem.

Sabina, who has dressed a string of soap stars for red carpet events, including Hollyoaks’ Lucy Dixon (Tilly Evans) and Emmerdale’s Fiona Wade (Priya Sharma), now stocks her bridal creations at the Hale-based store.

Co-owner Katie Webster, from Davenham, said: “Fifteen years is a real milestone and we’re excited about all of our events planned for 2014, kicking off with The National Wedding Show – we can’t wait to help newly-engaged women find their perfect dresses.

“We’re thrilled to strike up a partnership with Sabina, who is such a well-respected designer. We want to give our customers as much choice as possible and we’re confident this new relationship will help do that.”

As part of the anniversary celebrations Katie and her business partner, Lesley Davies, are hoping to share their success secrets with neighbouring retailers by running special workshops.

The pair want to ensure brides-to-be are given top-notch service and attention as they prepare for their big day and hold monthly workshops for other retailers.

“I remember shopping for my own wedding gown and not having a clue about what styles or shapes suited me,” added Katie. “I relied on the sales assistant’s advice and fell in love with a dress – that’s the difference that good service can make to such an important purchase.

“Because of the recession I believe service is even more paramount, so that’s why we’ve introduced these workshops – they’re by no means a ‘mother’s meeting’ and we’re very strict on what we focus on.

“Celebrating 15 years in business is an amazing achievement and we’re already looking forward to the next 15.”

Lace Bridal will be exhibiting at The National Wedding Show, on March 15 and 16, at Manchester Central. Visit manchester.nationalwedding show.co.uk for tickets and quote ‘LACE’ for a 20 per cent discount. Katie or Lesley can be contacted on 0161 941 7374.