ELBA 2019: Finalists in Focus

September 25, 2019

There's just two days to go until the East Lindsey Business Awards evening, so we're catching up with this year's remaining finalists - from the companies hoping to scoop the Best New Business accolade to the individuals aiming to take home the Apprentice/Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Up first in the Best New Business category, sponsored by Wilkin Chapman LLP, we have Bottomley Distillers, shortlisted for a remarkable three awards this year. Since starting in 2016 the business has seen a number of successes - gaining international recognition for their London Dry Gin - Pin Gin - and securing a listing with a national retailer for their Premium Pink Gin. The business now occupies a purpose-built distillery complete with gin school, tasting room and on-site shop.

Next up is Coast to Country Cleaners. Directors Natalie Tilsley and Lyndsey Bishell have seen the business through a period of significant growth since starting in 2017. The Alford-based cleaning business now employs 26 people, moving from 'the kitchen table to purpose designed premises' all in the space of 15 months. Natalie said: "We are thrilled to be one of the finalists in the 'New Business' category and this recognition is a 'shout out' to the growing team at Coast to Country Cleaners® whose hard work and dedication ensures that the service we provide is always delivered professionally, passionately and with a personal touch."

Finally in the Best New Business category we have Lemontree. It may have only been open for a little over a year, but the business has already proved a valuable addition to Louth's high street, even winning a Pride of Place Award from Louth's Civic Trust. Owner Susie Waumsley said: "We are delighted to be shortlisted and to have recognition for our efforts with the shop. It's more than we could have ever hoped for and were very grateful for the opportunity." Susie is also shortlisted for the Apprentice/Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, having started the business at just 26 years old. Susie added: "It's an absolute honour to be a finalist in this category and I hope it inspires other young people, and especially young women. You really can achieve anything with hard work; the road isn't always easy but if you don't try you don't know."

Also shortlisted in the Apprentice/Young Entrepreneur of the Year award is Kadie Wilkinson from Smartie Pants Day Nursey in Mablethorpe. Kadie has been working as an apprentice at the business since 2017 and has been praised by colleagues for her determination, ambition and work ethic - balancing working full time and completing college work with raising a young child. Kadie said: "Being an apprentice at Smartie Pants has allowed me to continue to work and study, alongside providing and caring for my young child. It is difficult at times but I am determined to make it work for mine and my daughter's future."

Last but not least we have Ryan Gray and Lucy Aldridge. Ryan and Lucy set up Feel Good Studio and Gym in 2018 and are dedicated to providing their members with a supportive, friendly environment in which they can get fit and enjoy exercise. Lucy said: "We are two young, passionate and driven people who had a dream and made it happen. To be nominated in the first place was an amazing feeling so to be shortlisted as a Finalist is great. We are two kids who had an idea and put it into action and we want to inspire other young people in the district to do the same."

Winners for all Awards will be announced at the Awards evening on 27th September at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa. Tickets for the event have now sold out! Follow us on social media on the night, to see all our winners, using the #ELBA2019.