A teenage Barnsley business owner has been invited to the 2014 Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards in Leeds on Friday (May 9).
Sixteen-years-old Eve Lodge (pictured with jam-making business owner Fraser Doherty) will accompany Barnsley Council representative Sharon Pickering (Strategy & Service Manager Skills, Employability and Enterprise) to the event at the New Dock Hall of the Royal Armouries.
The glittering awards ceremony is all about recognising and celebrating the achievements of some of Yorkshire’s amazing women, while raising money for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.
Up for grabs are awards for five categories:
- Yorkshire Woman of Achievement in Business
- Yorkshire Woman of Achievement in Education
- Young Achiever of the Year
- Yorkshire Woman of Achievement in Sport
- Jane Tomlinson Award for Courage
Teenage entrepreneur Eve, of Kendal Vale, Worsbrough, began her ‘Barmy Bunting’ business as part of the Barnsley I Know I Can Challenge (IKIC) – and won three awards at the IKIC Gala Night presentation: Best Use of Online Resources; Most Innovative Business’ and Key Stage Four Best Business.
The Horizon Community College student received her awards from the BBC’s Young Apprentice winner Ashleigh Porter-Exley and they have remained friends since then.
Her bunting is bespoke, handmade, with a ‘Barmy’ twist and is proving very popular. She has sold products as far afield as Miami in the United States, as well as getting some of her bunting sent to a top TV soap.
Eve, 16, became one of the first to join Barnsley Council’s Enterprising Young People project (after being approached) and received a grant to help continue and build her business, which is now known as ‘Barmy’.
As well as bunting Eve is aiming to introduce other products, such as ‘Barmy Baubles’.
She featured on the Enterprising Young People promotional video ( which can be seen here: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pg1nwPWCa4M&sns=tw&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dpg1nwPWCa4M%26sns%3Dtw …) and is having an e-commerce website built by a well-known, established Barnsley company.
She was also asked to be a ‘Dragons Den’ style judge, along with Barnsley business leaders, when Horizon came around to choosing their 2014 IKIC entrants.
She said: “I’m thrilled and very honoured to be invited to the Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards. I would like to say a big thank you to Sharon Pickering for inviting me.
“I’m really looking forward to picking up some tips and inspiration from some brilliant people!”