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Hats off to Workington business woman

The award recognised Norah Alderson's business success and innovation Photo: ITV News Border

A Workington woman has won a major local enterprise award for her business, which has been running for less than two years.

Norah Alderson's hat and fascinator shop, Cherry Tree Fashions, won the overall prize from development agency, Britain's Energy Coast.

They help new business owners with advice and financial aid to get them off the ground.

The awards ceremony, run in conjunction with Ways into Successful Enterprise, celebrated the success of businesses across West Cumbria.

Norah's business has gone from strength to strength over the past two years, and she is thrilled by her award.

"It feels as though we've gone through a long journey, and this is the cream on the cake. I'm absolutely speechless, I didn't expect anything at all. It gives us signals that we're doing something right, and you think that your doing right in business and you're doing what you're heart desires, but you never quite know the you're doing the right thing until you get an award like this."

– Norah Alderson, Owner of Cherry Tree Fashions
Norah's shop sells hats and fascinators in Workington Credit: ITV News Border

Norah's success was partly due to help from Britain's Energy Coast, which gave her advice and leased her a space to use for her first premises.

Cherry Tree Fashions stood out in their application. The competition was really tough, but they stood out for their innovation, their approach to business, training and learning. She's taken on an apprentice, which is great because that's why we do business support here in west Cumbria, it's all about job creation so to take on an apprentice was fantastic, and their business continues to expand and grow.

– Andrew Dodds, Britain's Energy Coast

Norah's business is growing so quickly that she has already taken on an apprentice.

Cherry Tree Fashions may also need to move to a new, larger shop to keep up with the amount of customers coming in.

She said she couldn't have done it without the help she received when setting up, help that turned her artistic vision into a reality.