A borough businesswoman has won a national accolade at the UK's largest female-focused business awards.

Helen Quayle, owner and founder of LaserHQ in Whitefield, scooped the customer service gong at the Enterprise Vision Awards (EVAS) after winning the young entrepreneur prize last year.

In a highly contested category, Helen was able to demonstrate her laser treatment clinics, which operate across the North, combine high quality service with outstanding customer care to make them one of the UK’s leading laser specialists.

As well as having a clinic in Whitefield, she has three others in Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle.

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Her business has generated an impressive 400 per cent growth over the last 12 months and an expansion plan which will see her open up new clinics in the South.

The judges said that Helen is an "incredible entrepreneur with customer service at her core".

She has harnessed the importance of first customer contact and mapped individual customer needs.

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With consistent staff training and tailor-made client plans, she showed clear consideration of their needs at every level with a personal review for every customer.

Helen said: “It means more than anything to win this award, not just for me but for my team who also deserve this.”

The awards took place on Friday, September 29 at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool and highlighted the work of more than 117 women in a range of businesses.

Coral Horn, founder of the EVAS, said: “We’re here to champion women in business, from startups to global brands, charities to industrial giants, the EVAS brings together supporters of female entrepreneurship to empower and inspire.

“All generations came together to show their appreciation and there were children present who were inspired by their amazing mothers – maybe we’ll see some of them on the EVAS stage in the future!”