The compassion of a woman inspired by overcoming her own life challenges to help others like her has impressed judges for a prestigious business award.
Emma Guy, director of Aqueous Digital and owner of wellness practice Acupuncture That Works, is a finalist in the Health and Wellbeing category of the Enterprise Vision Awards, which acknowledge exceptional female entrepreneurship across the North West.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer, her treatment – which included surgery – meant she went through menopause earlier than most.
In addition to using her professional skill as an acupuncturist to support those going through a similar experience, she is also a dedicated charity ambassador and trustee for a local hospice.
“I’ve found that sharing my story does provide comfort for ladies who want to know that they’re not alone,” said Emma.
“Women do like to confide in each other, and that’s easier if they know they won’t be judged.
“Helping others has become a huge part of my working life, and knowing that I can in some small way make them feel better is a huge source of motivation for me.”
Her debut book, The Wisdoms of the Menopausal Godmother, shares knowledge gained during her own journey as well as from conversations with others at different stages of theirs.
Started as a Facebook page during the first lockdown in England of the coronavirus pandemic after Emma’s award-winning acupuncture clinic was forced to close temporarily, and complemented since by a private group and a website, it is a safe space for ladies to find solidarity as well as access advice.
She was also recognised as one of her home county’s community, charity and business champions by Cheshire Life magazine when it hosted a Platinum Jubilee garden party in May.
Emma added: “It makes me proud, but I always say to those that know me well: ‘I’m just me.’
“And that will never change.”
The EVAs, established as the largest business awards outside London dedicated solely to women, aim to recognise the creativity, ethics, passion and commitment of those leading the way in their chosen industry.
They take place this year on Friday, September 23, at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
Those on the shortlists include start-ups, young entrepreneurs, family businesses, global organisations and third sector businesses.
You can vote for Emma to win in the public vote here: (It takes less than 30 seconds to complete): https://www.enterprisevisionawards.co.uk/voting/
List of finalists
Health and Wellbeing
Katherine Beaumont (Meditate with Horses)
Johanna Carter and Abigail Ankers (Always Ear)
Emma Guy (Acupuncture That Works)
Emma Jarvis (Dearbump)
Helen Kimber (Hero Lifestyle)
Shelley Perry (Breathe Therapies)
Zoe Wilson (ZW Clinics)
About the EVAs
Outside London, the Enterprise Vision Awards (EVAs) are now the largest business awards dedicated solely to women.
They are open to women in business across the North West, including business owners, employees, CEOs and homeworkers, young entrepreneurs and ‘silverpreneurs’.