North West awards shortlist includes 22 Mersey women

Now in its 10th year, the Enterprise Vision Awards celebrate female entrepreneurship across the North West and the 2021 shortlist includes 22 women from Liverpool city region. Tony McDonough reports

Dr Natalie Kenny
Dr Natalie Kenny, chief executive of BioGrad Diagnostics


There are 22 Liverpool city region entrepreneurs on the shortlist for the 10th Enterprise Vision Awards (EVAs) which celebrate female entrepreneurship across the North West.

Taking place this year on Friday, September 24, at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool, the EVAs will feature 18 separate awards and those on the shortlists include start-ups, young entrepreneurs, family businesses, global organisations and third sector businesses.

Among the 21 women shortlisted from the Liverpool city region are Dr Natalie Kenny, chief  executive of COVID testing firm, BioGrad Diagnostics; Jo Morfee and Chelsea Slater, founders of Innovate Her; Lauren Caffrey, founder of The Zone fitness business and Ella Deakin, founder of Ella Bella’s  and Teepee Sleepee.

Coral Horn, founder of the EVAs, said: “Women have faced huge economic, logistical and emotional challenges as a result of the pandemic. It’s been an absolute joy to see the resilience and strength of these remarkable entrepreneurs who have adapted and flourished.

“Every nomination and entry deserves a huge round of applause and our thirty seven judges concur that the high quality of entries made their decisions exceptionally difficult – it’s interviews and voting next, then we’re ready for the celebration of the decade.”

Innovate Her
Jo Morfee and Chelsea Slater, founders of Innovate Her
Teepee Sleepee
Ella Deakin from Melling founded Teepee Sleepee when she was 17
Personal trainer Lauren Caffrey is opening The Zone in Liverpool


Heather Waters, regional enterprise manager for NatWest, headline sponsor of the EVAs since 2013, added “The calibre of the entries this year is out of this world. This has made the judging process very challenging. I want to congratulate every woman who is short-listed; they are all outstanding and amazing role models.”

Full list of those from Liverpool city region on the shortlist:

  • Dawn Coker – Access 2 Funding, Birkenhead 
  • Rebecca McCann – Pro Bio, Heswall
  • Andrea Pankiw – Phoenix Foundation, Liverpool
  • Debbie Rogers – Sean’s Place, Liverpool
  • Elissa Corrigan – Elle Sera, Liverpool
  • Ella Deakin – Ella Bella’s and Teepee Sleepee, Liverpool
  • Joanne McCormick and Sara Burgess – Ava & Harrison, Liverpool
  • Lauren Caffrey – The Zone, Liverpool
  • Lorna Davidson – Red Wigwam, Liverpool
  • Dr Natalie Kenny – BioGrad Diagnostics, Liverpool
  • Natalie Shilton – The Nakery, Liverpool
  • Victoria Gawith – MerseyMade, Liverpool
  • Kristina Castellina – Highcliffe Holiday Apartments, Liverpool
  • Jo Morfee and Chelsea Slater – Innovate Her, Liverpool
  • Victoria Corcoran – Pets Country Manor, Liverpool
  • Margaret Bell – Naturally Empowered Health, New Ferry 
  • Claire Morton – The Purpose Pusher, Prescot
  • Jennifer Bailey – Calla Shoes, St Helens
  • Jennifer Greenan – E-Verve Energy, St Helens
  • Louise Fairhurst, Branded Items Group, St Helens

The full shortlist for this year’s EVAs is as follows:

Beauty Industry sponsored by FMB Kendal

Bella Kowalska – The Nail Bus

Clare Blasbery – Skyn Bakery

Danielle Pilkington – Penelope James Hair

Lauren Hutchinson and Mandy McAuley, Wysteria Beauty

Samantha Prendergast – Krizma Cosmetics

Sonya Roberts – Brandon May Hair


Business Woman sponsored by Two Zero

Collette Butterworth – The Plastic Bottle Company

Dawn Coker – Access 2 Funding

Gemma Walker – Helispeed

Jacqui Gale, Wax Lyrical

Lorna Davidson – Red Wigwam

Maria Whitehead, Hawkshead Relish

Dr Natalie Kenny, BioGrad Group


Charity sponsored by Blackpool Transport

Andrea Pankiw – Phoenix Foundation

Christine Singleton – Skiggle

Debbie Rogers – Sean’s Place

Jenny Allcock – Creating Adventures

Jemma Swales – Autus Cumbria

Marian Graveson – Carers Support South Lakes


Creative Industry

Anne Sowerby – Sassy Property Styling

Jane Entwistle & Libby Entwisle – Entyce Creative

Julie Langan – Langan Glass

Leona Marsh – Marsh Mill Interiors

Maria Benjamin – Dogwood Farm

Philippa Charrier – FAT Properties


Customer Services sponsored by United Utilities

Louise O’Toole – James Carter Homes

Margaret Bell – Naturally Empowered Health

Rachel Grounds – Sassy Chic

Suzanne Ramsay – Little Rascals Daycare

Trilby Beetham – Trilby the Celebrant

Victoria Corcoran – Pets Country Manor


Employee sponsored by Stanmore Insurance

Charlotte Hargan – Lakeland Inns Group

Dr Gabrielle Heffernan – Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

Grace Raines – Lantei

Isabel Wilkie, The Lingerie Lounge

Jill Hendry, ELNW

Samantha Johnson – Perfect Recruitment


Family Business sponsored by The Fox Group

Amanda Wilson – The Pie Mill

Linda Williams – Waterside Dental Clinic

Liz Beavis – FMB Kendal

Louise Fairhurst – Branded Items Group

Ruth Poar – Eat My Logo

Sonia Green – Chorley Vets


Health & Wellbeing sponsored by Unique Homecare Services

Caroline Heaton – Strawberry Rose Farm

Claire Morton – The Purpose Pusher

Emma Guy  – Acupuncture that works

Lana Walker – Worthy and Content

Lisa Dykes, Julia Clifford & Suzan Hunter – iCan Health & Fitness CIC

Yvonne Sampson – Complete Netball Solutions


Hospitality Industry sponsored by Lakeland Inns

Breda Murphy – Breda Murphy Restaurant

Hannah Barlow, Dunsters Farm

Karnis Bailey – Tipsy Tea

Lisa Goodwin-Allen – Northcote

Michelle Wilkin – Lakeland Retreats

Wendy Bennett – Austen Temple


Inspirational Woman sponsored by Pink Link

Ashley Costello – The Resilient Kid

Carol Ann Whitehead – The Zebra Partnership

Gill Smallwood – Fortalice

Maggie Oliver – The Maggie Oliver Foundation

Rachel Holliday – TCC West Cumbria

Susan Banister – The Slave Alliance


Internet Industry sponsored by ITS Technology

Alison Chesworth – EKM

Chi-chi Ekweozor – Assenty

Joan Lind – Trybooking

Joanne Morfee and Chelsea Slater – Innovate Her

Kelly Groves – Sundown Solutions

Lucy Clark – Dream Agility

Mary Speakman – Code Galaxy

Sara Jones – Centre of Excellence


New Business sponsored by Chorley Council

Anna Beaumont and Karen Bexley – Bexley Beaumont

Elissa Corrigan – Elle Sera

Heather Glover and Kate Maurice – Skarlette

Jane Charnley – A Toast in the Post

Joanne McCormick & Sara Burgess – Ava & Harrison

Victoria Gawith – MerseyMade


Professional Services sponsored by Porsche Centre Preston

Amrita Govindji-Bruce – Nori HR

Angela Horn – THW Estate Agents

Emma Astley – Cover My Bubble

Heather Crosby, Deloitte

Jenna Atkinson – Harrison Drury

Mandy Crossley – MC Accounting & Business Solutions


Retail Business sponsored by Age Concern Central Lancashire

Amy Wordsworth – Good Bubble

Jennifer Bailey – Calla Shoes

Judith Wren – Kin Vodka

Kate Greenhalgh – A Year of Dates

Rebecca McCann – ProBlo

Sara Dewhurst – Lytham Gin


Small Business sponsored by Sundown Solutions

Adele Carr – Adele Carr Recruitment

Delight Mapasure – K’s Wors

Helena Hoyle and Louie Buckley, Ruby & Daisy

Jennifer Greenan – E-Verve Energy

Michelle Thompson – Unique Homecare

Sunny Sandwell – The Fun Experts


Solo Business

Claire Warner – Claire Warner

Jemma Munford – Blissed Out Babies

Kristina Castellina – Highcliffe Holiday Apartments

Lynne Webster – Bamboo and Beyond

Sue France – Sue France Creative Connecting in Cheshire

Vinny Scarantino – Chase the Sun


Training & Coaching sponsored by Risk Support Services

Alison Magee-Barker – AJ Lakes

Becci Martin – Boo Consultancy

Becky Toal – Crowberry Consulting

Christina Taylor – Aim Sky High

Margaret Adams and Victoria Farnworth – Magistra

Olive Strachan – O.S. Resources

Wendy Mahoney – Fylde Tuition Centre


Young Entrepreneur sponsored by Blackpool and The Fylde College

Ella Deakin – Ella Bella’s

Ella McKendrick – Nutribuddy

Emma Buckley – Buckleys Bees

Emma Lea Dalton – My Kind of Clean

Lauren Caffrey – The Zone Personal Training

Natalie Shilton – The Nakery

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