An Alnwick businesswoman has spoken of her pride after being named as a runner-up in a prestigious competition recognising the region’s top female entrepreneurs.
Caroline Stewart, who runs Bari Tea in the town’s Narrowgate, scooped a second-place finish in the Best New Business category at the 13th Annual North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards last week.
The competition celebrates the achievements of the region’s most inspirational women in business and the finalists attended a glitzy ceremony at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel on Friday.
Caroline beat fellow category finalists The Splat Centre and The TeaShed, but lost out to Kay Gould’s company Curtains Made For Free Ltd, which took the Best New Business crown.
In further recognition of Caroline’s efforts, she was also named as a finalist in the Best Small Business section.
Caroline said: “I was just pleased to be short-listed – really honoured – so to be named as a runner-up in the Best New Business category was something quite special.
“There were some cracking businesses and people there. ”
The recognition is testament to what Caroline has achieved since opening the shop in October last year.
“It was the perfect first birthday present,” added Caroline, whose store is in the town’s so-called Castle Quarter – a collective of independent businesses from an area that roughly covers from Bailiffgate to Narrowgate and the north end of Fenkle Street.
The judges were this year looking for leaders who have particularly excelled at priming their businesses to be as competitive as possible. The standard of entries this year was high.
Designs for the awards ceremony took inspiration from 2012’s great British summer of sport and were created by Acklington-based creative design firm Indigo Crow to celebrate the spirit of competition.