IT was a “dream” come true for Ramsbottom entrepreneur Elizabeth Clark when she scooped a national award in London.

The 43-year-old, who is chief executive of technology transfer firm — which is based in Manchester — won the “Start up Founder of the Year” category in the coveted 2014 FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards.

Elizabeth, of Foot O’Th’ Rake, was the only representative from the North West to feature in the awards.

The event recognised the women creating, advancing and deploying technology across the UK and celebrated their talent in the sector, whether as scientific innovators, rising stars within technology businesses, founders of tech start-ups or IT leaders.

Elizabeth’s company builds and markets enterprise level websites and apps, and Dream Agility is responsible for some of the highest growth online strategies in the country.

The businesswoman’s roots in engineering go back to when she was an electro hydraulic armoured umbilical designer and she was the first woman to sit on the EEF Lancashire (Engineering Employers Federation) executive board in its 120-year history.

She is keen to see more women making it in engineering and computer science degrees.

Years ago, Elizabeth was one of only a handful of girls in a year of 100-plus undergraduates in engineering.

Commenting on the awards ceremony and the other attendees, Elizabeth said: “It was truly amazing and they were all just really talented, lovely women.

“With my 17-year-old daughter, Lucy, about to go into computer science at university, it’s lovely to see so many positive role models.”