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Barmy Barnsley teenager nominated in two categories for county awards – but the choice is yours!

A Barnsley teenager who is Barmy about her business has been nominated in two categories for the 2016 Yorkshire Choice Awards.

Eve Lodge, the 17-year-old owner of bunting company Barmy, is up for the Young Achiever award and the gong for Independent Business of the Year.

Already this year Eve (pictured) has received the ‘Solopreneur’ prize at the Yorkshire BiY awards; 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.

She also reached the final of The Pitch, the UK’s biggest small business competition.

The newly-formed Yorkshire Choice Awards are a celebration of achievement in the white rose county. There are 10 categories in all: Independent Business of the Year; Business Woman of the Year; Business Man of the Year; Customer Service Award; Yorkshire Media Personality of the Year;  Young Achiever; Charitable Business Award; Sporting Achievement of the Year; Inspirational Individual of the Year; and Local Fundraiser of the Year.

People are asked to vote for their favourite (go to:!vote-here/c1bv4), and the winners will be unveiled at the Award Ceremony on 2nd April 2016 at The Centenary Pavilions, Leeds United Football Club.

You can choose one person in each category, and only one vote per IP address can be accepted. Voting closes at the end of February 2016.

Said Eve: “I would love to win an award, not just for myself but for the whole of Barnsley! There are some fantastic people and businesses here.”

And Eve is not alone in flying the Barnsley flag!

Debbie Worthington has also been nominated for two awards, the Inspirational Individual of the Year and Local Fundraiser of the Year.

Debbie is joined in the Inspirational Individual category by the two teenagers involved in the horrific accident at Alton Towers, Joe Pugh and Leah Washington, as well as Lisa Walker.

And Debbie has Barnsley company too in the Local Fundraiser section, where Paula Maguire has also been nominated.

Meanwhile, ‘Barmy Eve’ is joined in the Independent Business category by Barnsley-based companies Direct2Mum and White Apple Thinking, and in the Young Achiever category by another Barnsley teenager, Cameron Thomas, the owner of printing service and EY UP clothing company CT Design.

Thomas Speed is in the Sporting Achievement of the Year category, while Stephanie Hirst is challenging for the crown of Yorkshire Media Personality of the Year.

Firth Financial Services of Barnsley are up for the Customer Service Award, and Steph Cronin is in the Business Woman of the Year section.

For a full list of the entrants, go to:!vote-here/c1bv4 and place your vote!

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