Lee Thomas, the managing director of Midlands-based events staffing company Aesthetics Events Staff, is a finalist in the Midlands Business Person of the Year at the Midlands Business Awards.
Her firm, which she established from a bedroom in 1996, has also been shortlisted in the Service Provider of the Year (above £1m turnover) at the same event.
It comes after Lee was highly-commended at the 32nd annual Business Woman of the Year awards held in Birmingham.
The company, which is based at Electric Wharf in Coventry, now has more than 12,000 staff on its books worldwide and works for a range of businesses, venues and events – including Wembley Stadium, UEFA, Wimbledon, Silverstone, Volvo, Samsung, Bentley, Fiat, General Motors and the Ford and VW Group.
And Lee is keeping her fingers crossed for success and hopes to inspire other women and girls to set up in business.
She said: “I have never entered awards for personal glory – I want other people to see that if I am able to achieve success in business, they can too.
“For many years, I never really wanted to promote the success of the company but I spoke at a Prince’s Trust event to a group of young girls and realised that there were very few role models with my type of background.
“I am came from a working class background and had to work for every penny in order to establish Aesthetics and make it a success. We are now working for some of the biggest brands, venues and sporting events on the planet.
“When I started the company, I knew there was great potential and with the help of a great team around me, we have grown to become one of the biggest companies in our sector.
“I am thrilled that our efforts are being recognised in this way and if it inspires just one person to believe in themselves and set-up their own business, then it’s been worth it.”
The winners of the ninth annual Midlands Business Awards will be announced at a ceremony at the Birmingham Metropole on February 20.