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Preston woman shortlisted for young entrepreneur of the year award

Posted on - 1st September, 2023 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Business, People, Preston News, Proud Preston, Tulketh
Imogen Southwood runs the iLashed Academy in Blackpool Road Pic: iLashedbyImogen

An Ashton-on-Ribble beauty influencer is up for young entrepreneur of the year for setting up her own salon.

The Enterprise Vision Awards (EVAs) take place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool later this month and Imogen Southwood is on the shortlist.

The 23-year-old owner of the iLashed Academy in Blackpool Road near Lane Ends is a finalist in the young enterpreneur category.

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Imogen said: “I am delighted and incredibly honoured to be chosen as a finalist in such a prestigious award, especially when these awards are dedicated to women, women play such an active role in the community and we are important contributors to the economy so its great to be recognised and I’ve got even bigger plans coming up which I’m hoping to announce very soon.”

Imogen Southwood
Imogen Southwood

Imogene took on the premises which used to be a Lloyds bank in 2019 at the age of 19.

It followed starting the business from home aged 17 as an eyelash technician.

Read more: Preston woman recognised as one of the top 100 influencers in the UK

The iLashed Academy sees Imogene also act as a trainer and mentor for other young women looking to get into the beauty industry.

She’s also launched her own brand of eyelash products.

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