The shortlisted applicants (see below) in each of the categories will be invited to attend the regional final at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Manchester, on Friday 21 October. The winners from this and the other regional finals, will then be invited to appear before a live judging interview panel in November, followed by the national final in Leeds on 1 December.

Other national sponsors include Co-operative Insurance, with audio visual partner Saville’s and drinks partner Perfect Cellar. United Utilities and the Manchester Evening News are regional sponsors.

Shortlisted finalists for the North West, Wales and Isle of Man are:

Digital Business of the Year

Jo Burmester, Global Operations Director, PharmaSchool, Cheshire

Madhuban Kumar, CEO at Metafused, Manchester

Inspiring Leader of the Year

Brigit Egan, MD Oakridge Centre, Manchester

Leanne Goodwin, MD, Jobwise, Bolton

Sally Penni, Barrister and Executive Director, Codethink, Salford

Rachel Ray, Founder of Bright and Beautiful, Altrincham

Deborah Smith, MD Fennel UK, Colne

Not for Profit / Social Enterprise of the Year

Hannah Broughton, MD at Twinkleboost CIC, Bury

Victoria Kissack, Founder and Chief Executive of Tabitha’s Trust, Isle of Man

Josie Linsel, President, Director and Chair of Trustees, University of Central Lancashire Students' Union, Preston

Tracy McMahon, Integrated Health Specialist at Buddha Therapies in Liverpool

Rising Star of the Year

Victoria Kissack, Founder and Chief Executive of Tabitha’s Trust, Isle of Man

Josie Linsel, President, Director and Chair of Trustees at the University of Central Lancashire Students' Union, Preston

Rebecca Taylor, Global Head of HR, ResponseTap at Salford Quays

SME Business of the Year - Emerging

Janie Ash, MD, Better with Jam in Bolton- le-Sands

Karen Bellion, MD, Othella, Liverpool

Emma Dalzell, MD, Bare Bones Marketing in Middlewich

Deborah Smith, MD Fennel UK, Colne

SME Business of the Year - Growth

Leanne Goodwin, MD, Jobwise, Bolton

Rifiat Jadwat, MD, Ultrasound Direct, Manchester

Helen Marsh, Partner and Commercial Property Solicitor, HRC Law Manchester

Jane Maudsley, Founder and MD, Little Voices, Blackburn

Rachel Ray, Founder of Bright and Beautiful, Altrincham

Start Up Business of the Year

Hannah Broughton, MD at Twinkleboost CIC, Bury

Louise Fitzsimmons , Director and Owner, White Wolf Yoga & Kitchen, Liverpool

May Hamid, MD of Argan Liquid Gold, Manchester

Laura Johnson, Company Director, Laura in the Lakes and From Cumbria with Love

Madhuban Kumar, CEO, Metafused, Manchester

Amanda Peffer, Director, Blade & Rose, Kendal

Gemma Voaden, Surveying Director, All Survey, Oldham

Judith Wren, MD, Trolle Trading Limited, Ulverston

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Business of the Year

Jo Burmester, Global Operations Director, PharmaSchool, Cheshire

Natasja Kashyap, Principal Dentist and Co-Owner, Brunner Court Dental Practice, Northwich

Helen Slinger, CEO at dabs.com plc (BT Business Direct and BT Shop), Bolton

Susan Witterick, Director, dBx Acoustics, Oldham

Young Enterpreneur of the Year

Louise Fitzsimmons, Director and Owner of White Wolf Yoga & Kitchen, Liverpool

Jane Maudsley, Founder and MD, Little Voices in Blackburn

Karla Zapolski, MD, The Fashion Dollz, Cheadle

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