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Lisa Coates, Managing Director of Acorn Marketing was announced as one of the Future 100 Young Social Entrepreneurs of the Year.
Global Entrepreneurship Week is a worldwide movement of entrepreneurial people, with millions unleashing their enterprising talents and turning their ideas into reality. The Future 100 Awards were first launched in 2008 to recognise and profile young entrepreneurs running a business that addresses people, planet and profit. They have a strong commercial foundation as well as a significant social and environmental impact.
The Future 100 Awards recognises the success of young entrepreneurs aged 18-35 who demonstrate entrepreneurial flair and innovation in progressing a responsible business venture.
Lisa, age 31, set up Acorn Marketing, based in Penrith after being made redundant in December 2010. She aims to help organisations understand effective marketing techniques and achieve business growth.
Since January she has been putting herself into the public realm; attending networking events, trade fairs, making connections and getting to grips with Marketing in Cumbria. Previously Lisa lived in London, Manchester and Liverpool, where she learnt many new skills and gained over 13 years of experience in the industry. Her primary aim in setting up a Marketing consultancy in Cumbria, was to bring these skills back to the area where she was brought up, to help businesses become more productive, commercially aware and develop in the right direction.
She became officially self-employed in May 2011 when she began working with her first client, Country Puddings. In the past six months she has taken on several clients including Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Pride in Penrith Lottery, Profile Financial Management and Cumbria Heritage. She is currently working with Marketing Cheshire in Chester organising their annual tourism awards. She also has some exciting future clients already in the pipeline, including Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. The clients she has worked with so far have seen membership numbers rise, brand awareness has been raised and sales increased.
Lisa said: “I am delighted to have received this accolade after only six months in business. I am already becoming a recognised consultant, with a lot of positive comments from people I meet and work with. I aim to be one of the leading business women in Cumbria, who is well respected, good at her job and someone who not only develops local business, but who teaches others about marketing practices and has a positive impact on the local economy and community.”
As well as running her own business, Lisa volunteers as a Trustee for AgeUk Carlisle and Eden and has recently become part of the 'Career Academy' scheme working as a mentor to help young people develop skills ready for the world of work with the Richard Rose Academy in Carlisle.
Founder of Striding Out and organiser of the Future100 awards, Heather Wilkinson said: "The future of our world is in the hands of individuals who are committed to generating commercial and ethical returns. Challenging economic times can offer opportunities to question the way we operate as both a business community and a society. We have a history of profiling the 'Future 100' young entrepreneurs who are changing the face of everyday business and improving commerce's impact on the wider world."
The Future 100 awards encourages and rewards extraordinary vision, ethical business practice and social responsibility. They aim to showcase businesses that offer innovative and sustainable solutions to social problems. The Future 100 Awards is organized by Striding Out www.stridingout.co.uk, a social enterprise which is committed to supporting the development and growth of young and ethical entrepreneurs.
Lisa attended a prestigious awards celebration at the Ernst and Young offices in London, which took place on Social Enterprise Day during Global Entrepreneurship Week.