Barmy and owner Eve shortlisted in three categories for 2015 BiY Inspired Awards

August 4, 2015

Barmy and its teenage owner Eve Lodge have been shortlisted in not one, not two but three categories in the 2015 BiY Inspired Awards.

Barnsley-based Eve, 17, is in the running for the Ambition Award, One to Watch Award and the Solopreneur Award.

Eve (pictured below) reached the final of the Yorkshire’s Got Talent business competition last year, while already this year she finished runner-up in the Aspiring Entrepreneur category of the national Making Business Happen Awards, and was nominated for the Yorkshire Women of Achievement’s Young Achiever Award.


Said Eve: “I was thrilled and proud to find out that the judges thought I was worthy to be shortlisted in three of the eight categories.

“I’m working hard to try and make Barmy something of real value to the public and it will be lovely to go the awards dinner and meet like-minded, passionate business people.”

A statement on the BiY website ( read:

“The calibre of entries to the awards has been particularly high this year, and we are delighted to see so many successful businesses in Yorkshire.

“The judges have read and digested the entries for the awards. They have discussed, deliberated and finally reached an agreement, and we are delighted to announce the shortlist for the awards as follows:

Ambition Award: For the business that can demonstrate ambition in its plans, structure and strategy

Red Kite Services


Bright Ethics

Barmy Bunting


Transformation Award: For the business that has reacted to its market and transformed its offering and services into what its customers want to buy:

Siberia B.C Ltd

CCTV Direct

Circuit Electrical

Cars on Demand

Deans Computers


New Generation Award: This award recognises the most dynamic business owner under the age of 35:

Ben Lawton – Custom Controllers

Vicky Colbeck – Circuit Electrical

Andrew Robinson – Mr Flyer

James Howard – Yorkshire Payments


Rockstar Customer Service Award:For the business that makes their customers feel like stars:

TLC Accountants


Alexandra House Spa

Crazy Wolf Productions

Hydra Creative


Out of their League Award: For the business that bats out of its league and keeps those household names coming back for more:



100% Effective

BGM Logistics


One to Watch Award:For the business on the cusp of great things:


Mr Flyer

Vale Radio

Barmy Bunting


Solopreneur Award: For the person that has identified a niche and is effectively filling it by themselves:

McFade Photography

InFlow Training

Campfire Communications

Barmy Bunting


Super Staff Award: This award is for the business who have a person or team who go ‘above and beyond the call of duty:

FDS Director Services

Diane Watson Financial Planning

BiY’s mission statement reads: “Our purpose is to challenge, inspire and support owner managers of small and micro businesses, typically 1-10 people. It’s about being the absolute best you can be.”

  • The winner of each category will be announced at the awards lunch at The Queens Hotel, Leeds, on Friday 2nd October, from 12.30pm onwards.
  • The day before, Thursday, October 1, Barmy owner Eve is one of the guest speakers at the women’s Yorkshire Business Festival at Tankersley Manor in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.