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Preston influencer and beautician named young entrepreneur of the year

Posted on - 9th October, 2023 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Business, People, Preston News, Proud Preston, Tulketh
Imogen Southwood with her award at the EVAs

A Preston beautician has been named the young entrepreneur of the year.

Imogen Southwood who founded the iLashed Academy at Lane Ends in Ashton-on-Ribble and also has her own beauty brand iLashedbyimogen was recognised at this year’s EVAs (Enterprise Vision Awards).

The 23-year-old has established herself as a lash artist and also launched her own online shop.

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

Imogen said: “I am deeply honoured to receive the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the awards evening at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool was incredible.

“Making a speech in front of so many people wasn’t easy but now I hope to be an inspiration to other entrepreneurs and young professionals striving to make a meaningful mark in the female business world and I’m looking forward to working with the University of Central Lancashire who were the sponsors of the award.”

Imogen started in business while aged 17 and studying for her A levels, when she set up as a home-based eyelash technician.

Imogen receiving her EVAs award from UCLan’s Rowena Brough

At 19 she set up the iLashed Academy in Ashton and now has plans to launch her own retail brand building on her successful online store.

The EVAs celebrate the success and achievements of female entrepreneurs.

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