November 25, 2020 @ 10:36 by Steven Hugill
A North East businesswoman has been shortlisted for a national honour.
Laura Hepburn, director of Middlesbrough-based waste-to-energy firm Greenology, is shortlisted in the ARTEMIS category at the NatWest Everywoman Awards.
The award celebrates “the most inspirational woman running a business trading for 18 months to three years”, with Laura up against three other finalists from London and Norwich.
Laura, who previously revealed plans for her company to create up to 50 jobs in a new plant designed to turn thousands of tonnes of plastic into bio-diesel, features alongside 21 other women – nominated across six categories – on the shortlist.
Winners will be announced during an online ceremony on December 3.
Yvonne Greeves, director of Women in Business at NatWest Group, said: “We are delighted to once again be supporting these awards for some of the UK’s most talented and inspirational female entrepreneurs.
“At NatWest, we are proud of our long-standing partnership with Everywoman and these awards help showcase role models that have the potential to inspire those around them and female talent from every sector across the length and breadth of the UK.
“Congratulations to all the shortlisted finalists and we look forward to the awards on December 3.”
Yvonne added additional awards will be handed out on the night, which will include the Spirit of Everywoman Award, presented to someone who has helped change the landscape for businesswomen in the UK, and the Fortuna Award, which recognises an individual who is investing in women-run enterprises.
Laura’s shortlisting comes after she was highly commended in the young businessperson category at the Institute of Directors’ Yorkshire and North East Director of the Year Awards 2020.