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EVA shortlist for the fourth time

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

I have made the EVA shortlist for the fourth time!  The widely anticipated shortlist for this year’s Enterprise Visions Awards (or Evas) was announced last week and I have been shortlisted for the second time in the ‘Professional Services’ category.

The Enterprise Vision Awards recognise women in business from across the North West in sixteen categories, ranging from best small business to business woman of the year and are the largest awards celebrating women outside London.

As you may well know I am no newcomer to the awards, winning the accolade for Sole Trader in 2015 and 2016 and Professional Services in 2017.  This year I am amongst 30 businesses from Cumbria shortlisted in the awards in 2019.

Acorn Marketing Cumbria makes EVA shortlist for the fourth time

When I first entered the awards in 2015 I’d not really heard of them and I was only one of three businesses representing Cumbria.  The awards have grown over the years and it is fantastic to be sharing this platform now with so many other talented business women.

The initial stage of the awards was via an application, where a panel of judges assessed my application on various aspects including the inspiration to become self-employed, achievements and challenges to date, future plans and the drive and passion behind the business.

The next stage of the process was a presentation and interview, which I did earlier this week at Ribby Hall Village to a panel of judges from Salford Business School, Blackpool & the Fylde College and Ribby Hall.   Following that, there will be an online vote via social media, before the final awards ceremony, which will take place on 27th September at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

I am delighted to be representing Cumbria again at the 2019 EVAs.  It is such a fantastic event to be part of and a unique opportunity to reflect on your business and celebrate your achievements.  I didn’t enter in 2018 as I didn’t want to push my luck, but I was eager to get involved again in 2019 as it’s such a fantastic event and I am thrilled to be shortlisted in the very competitive category of Professional Services once again.  The judging process has gone well so far, now I’m just waiting in anticipation of the big night in Blackpool.

What makes it even more special for me this year, is that two of my clients have also been shortlisted.  Salon Rouge, also from Penrith, have been shortlisted in the Beauty Business category, the only hairdressing salon in the whole of the North West in the category and Raspberry Fields Pony Parties, who are based in Warrington, are shortlisted in the Customer Services category.  Fingers crossed it will be an evening of celebrations all round.

Lisa gets a hat-trick!

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Well, I only went and did it again…I got a hat-trick in the Enterprise Vision Awards.  I wasn’t sure whether to enter or not this year as I’d won twice before and thought I was perhaps pushing my luck.   However, my business has changed so much over the past few years I felt like I had a lot to tell!

This year, the main difference was that I was shortlisted in the Professional Services category – not Sole Trader category.  I was up against a firm of solicitors, HR company, recruitment firm etc.  Once you’re shortlisted you have to go through to a judging panel “Dragons Den” style.  You would think I wouldn’t be nervous after doing it twice before, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t.   In the past, I’ve talked about me as a person and the passion I put into my business, but this time around it was all about my business, why it was different and why my service offering stood out from the crowd.

This year the event at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool was even more special as Jili Allen, who does a lot of my design work was shortlisted, as well as my cousin’s wife and another colleague, so we all sat together.  I really did not expect to win this year as it was a tough category, so you can imagine when they called out my name I really was gobsmacked.  I know I say it every year, but it always comes as such a shock.  I was so happy as it is a fantastic recognition for all my hard work and effort I put into my business being successful.

Other awards

I am always banging on to clients about the importance of entering awards.  The PR you gain from just being shortlisted is brilliant, even if you don’t go on to win!  Recently my client Hunter Hall School; a primary school in Penrith has been shortlisted for several accolades.  Firstly they were shortlisted for best Marketing Campaign in the CN Group Golden Apple Awards.  Unfortunately, on this occassion, they did not win this award, but the coverage they got in local papers and our own self-promotion on social media was great.

They have also been shortlisted for two TES education awards – again in best Marketing campaign (fingers crossed!) and State School Partnership award, for their cross-country events they run for other local primary schools.  I am heading down to a glitzy awards ceremony in London in February, so I will keep you posted.

Keep an eye out for any local awards in your area, any industry awards that you can apply for – you have nothing to lose and could get a whole lot of free publicity as a result!

The Benefits of Entering Business Awards

Friday, October 9th, 2015

For me, it was a huge accolade to firstly be shortlisted as a finalist for Sole Trader of the Year at the Enterprise Vision Awards 2015. But to then win was so unexpected, exciting and a massive achievement!

So I thought given this experience I would give a few reasons and words of advice and encouragement on why entering awards is so beneficial for businesses.

1) Firstly, I feel it is important to say size doesn’t matter! There are awards for all kinds of businesses from Sole Traders to Large Enterprises. So don’t let this put you off. The variety of awards around is vast. From local to national, generic business to specific industry based ones, so do your research. You can find out online or contact your local chamber of commerce for advice. Make sure you read the criteria carefully and pick the category which most suits your business and its current position.

2) The application process itself is a hugely valuable opportunity to look critically and properly appraise your business, to look strategically at its strengths and weaknesses. It encourages you to look at your business from an outside perspective.

3) An evening on glitz and glam! The evening itself is a great opportunity to celebrate and show your appreciation for your current staff. Also to network, make new contacts and showcase your business in a sociable environment in front of people who may be particularly influential in your industry.

4) Finally, believe it or not, it’s not all about the winning. Just being shortlisted for an award should be viewed as a huge achievement. This offers great PR opportunities, as well as; improving brand awareness, building a positive reputation and strengthening market positioning and profile.

I hope these are good enough reasons to encourage you to get motivated and get entering!

Best of luck,

Lisa x

Enterprise Vision Awards – I made the shortlist!

Friday, July 10th, 2015

After keeping quiet for the past week, I can finally announce that I’ve been shortlisted in the Enterprise Vision Awards (or EVAs).  The awards recognise women in business from across the North West.

I have been shortlisted in the ‘Sole Trade of the Year’ category and as far as I can see I am the only person shortlisted in Cumbria – wow!

The next stage is to attend an interview with the other people shortlisted in Blackpool on 29th July.  I will be quizzed by a panel of judges, who will make their final decision on who should win the award.  Then I have to wait until September, where I will attend a prestigious black tie awards dinner at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

Now if you read by blog, you will know that I am usually used to organising these types of events and work away in the background, so it will be lovely to be able to enjoy the event…and who knows maybe win!  Watch this space!

Closer to the time I will need you all to get behind me on social media and vote for me to win my category – I’m counting on Cumbria to help me!

So, watch this space and I’ll let you know how I get on!