TWO mums who met over a shared love of wine and started their own business have been shortlisted for a top award for female entrepreneurs.

Alexandra Myhill, 37, and Alison Wilson, 44, owners of The Riddling Rack in Newton-le-Willows met after their nail technician put them in touch.

Mum-of-one Alex was importing wine, whereas mum-of-two Alison was hosting wine tasting events.

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Now less than a month off their business’s first year anniversary they are celebrating being nominated for an EVA Award (Enterprise Vision Awards) which highlights the achievements of women entrepreneurs.

An elated Alex said: "The Riddling Rack was dreamt up 18 months before we opened, and in between then to the launch I had a baby, we found a venue and had many challenges but we are proud of the venue we have created alongside our amazing staff.

"We were shocked when we learned that Natwest, who supported our business loan, had nominated us, and after an interview process we are now shortlisted in the hospitality category.

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"We really are elated as we both have a passion for this and try to always bring the best products to our customers which are all checked by us.

"We would love it if people would vote for us and we look forward to going to the awards night in Blackpool to celebrate with suppliers, staff and more."

She added: "As a mum to a little girl, and Alison has a daughter too, it's so important to both of us to be recognised for following your passion and creating a business.

"Women in business can face lots of obstacles, we've been fortunate, but I would say to others to ignore the naysayers and keep doing what you love."

The awards will take place in Blackpool on September 27.

To vote for The Riddling Rack go to

Voting closes on Friday, September 6.