Businesswoman in line for top honour

A LOCAL entrepreneur has been named one of Britain’s most inspirational business women just nine months after setting up on her own.

Amy Melhuish, who owns The Moorish Lounge in Woodbridge, is in the running to scoop a Barclays Trading Places Award, which recognises people who have beaten the odds to succeed.

The 31-year-old suffers from endometriosis, a painful and debilitating condition affecting the womb.

As a result she was unable to work for more than two years and eventually lost her house.

But she was determined not to let these setbacks stop her from pursuing her dream and signed up to every business course going.

With the support of Business Link and the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce she opened the doors to The Moorish Lounge in December.

Miss Melhuish has always been keen to support the local community and earlier this year held a Sex and the City night in aid of Endometriosis UK and Women for Women charities.

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Her mezze lounge-cafe has gone from strength to strength and now she is in line to win a share of �50,000.

The 2010 Barclays Trading Places Awards are happening on November 30 in London.

Steve Cooper, chairman of the judging panel and managing director of Barclays Business, said: “Trading Places is a celebration of inspiring people who, in spite of great personal challenges, have taken steps to establish a sustainable business and in doing so changed the direction of their lives for the better.

“The calibre of this year’s entries is outstanding and we hope that with this recognition, The Moorish Lounge will continue on the road to success.

“We also hope Amy’s story will inspire other budding entrepreneurs in Suffolk, who face similar difficulties to come forward and turn their own business dreams into reality.”