Hair extension entrepreneur Vicky Lynch is reaching new lengths after scooping two top awards in as many weeks.
Vicky, who launched Stockton- based hair extension import-export and training business in 2003, won a prestigious national enterprise award last week for her company Additional Lengths.
And the news comes just two weeks after her work to build up the company, from zero to a £450,000 turnover employing five staff, was rewarded with the Young Woman Entrepreneur title at the North-East Business Awards.
North East New Entrepreneur Scholarship (NES) graduate Vicky was named NES Entrepreneur of the Year Award at an event held at the British Library in London and was awarded £3,000 in prize money.
She now has plans to expand the business, which sells hair extensions online, provides training across the UK and supplies products as far afield as Africa and Australia.
Nominations for the award came from all nine regions of England where the NES programme is delivered. Guests at the ceremony included Saira Khan, runner-up of TV show The Apprentice, and Nigel Griffiths MP, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons.
Vicky said: "Establishing a business is hard work and the continual support from NES is second to none. I'm so glad I was given the chance to enrol on to the programme and realise my dreams.
"Being recognised for my work, dedication to succeed and barriers I overcame, makes it all worthwhile. I haven't decided yet what to do with the money. I'll choose something constructive and appropriate and make sure it will be spent wisely."
Entrust chief executive Steve Clark said: "Vicky has established a successful import-export business in addition to running a busy high street salon.
"She is employing staff and her business continues to expand. The NES Entrepreneur of the Year Award was won against stiff national competition and is a reflection of Vicky's energy and determination."