SISTERS are doing it for themselves in Warwick district.
A host of inspirational women from the area have been named among the finalists in the fifth Ladies First Network Business and Inspirational Women Awards.
Entrants have been selected from nearly 300 nominations by a panel of judges from across the UK.
The finalists will now be invited to an independent judging day at Metropolis in Coventry next month before the glittering awards ceremony hosted by BBC radio presenter Sandra Godley at Coombe Abbey Hotel, on March 23.
Tracey McAtamney, who forms the Ladies First leadership team with Sandra, said: “This is our fifth Awards and it always amazes me the incredible amount of talented, inspirational women out there. At Ladies First we take pride in celebrating all women, whether working from home or CEO of a major company.
“We also honour those who have been through terrible situations and respond by setting up charities or community interest companies to help others. We thank our sponsors, Janine Edwards Wealth Management Ltd, Alsters Kelley Solicitors, Pertemps and many others who continue to support us.”
Up for the Businesswoman of the Year Award are Emily Biddle, of Emily Jayne Hair and Beauty in Southam and Karen Wood, of Kidvelo Bikes, Leamington.
Lisa Cressy from Mind Warrior Coaching in Kenilworth and Wendy Martin, who runs Counter Culture Store in Leamington, are finalists in the New Business category.
Also up for two awards is Amanda Chalmers of Chalmers News PR, in Warwick, in the Excellence In Marketing and Career From Home categories.
In the Woman of Courage category is Kate Wilson, from Kenilworth, who has now resigned from her role as a paramedic to run Medics to Medics which packs and sends vital medical supplies to Ukraine.
Kate Gould from Sheldon Bosley Knight in Leamington is an Achieves in Business (Employee) award finalist.
Entrepreneur finalists are Bianca Perry from Bia’s Kitchen, Leamington and Emily Biddle of Emily Jayne’s Hair and Beauty in Southam.
The New Business award could go to Lisa Cressy of Mind Warrior Coaching, Kenilworth, Wendy Martin of Counter Culture Store, Leamington or Karen Wood of Kidvelo Bikes in Leamington.
Kate Hunter of Bear Cleaning in Kenilworth is a finalist in the Family Business category.
Finalists in the Health and Wellbeing category are Nadine Hummert of Life Equilibrium in Kenilworth, Lauren Gregory from Run Like A Girl in Leamington and Warwick; Seema Barba of Bowen Therapy in Southam and Lisa Devine of Therapy and Fitness Centre in Leamington.
The event will also raise money for two West Midlands charities, The Memory Box Foundation and Coventry Foodbank.