Homework pays off for Louise

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A mum is celebrating after picking up an award for her business.

Louise Doyle, of Bright Blue Training and Advisory, was given the prize for best home-based business at the North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, at Gateshead’s Hilton Hotel on Friday.

After working for years as a director with Sunderland College, Louise founded her new business to help colleges, universities and training providers work more effectively with employers on government-supported qualifications such as apprenticeships.

After almost three years, the business now has a national client base including KPMG, Newcastle University and the Learning and Skills Improvement Service.

Louise, of Cramlington, said: “I am delighted to have won this award and thank the judges for recognising the achievements of both myself and the team who work with me.

“Operating a business from home has allowed me to balance my work life with spending time with my young family.

“I’m also able to put some time back into the local community, having had the pleasure of being vice-chairman for Burnside Primary School in Cramlington for the past four years.

“I’m not sure I would have been able to do all of this without the flexibility home working gives me.”

Louise, along with two fellow directors, has also launched sister company Mesma to provide software solutions for adult education providers.