Young baker nominated for national gong

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A 20-YEAR-OLD woman has been short-listed for a national award for her Portsmouth-based catering business.

Emily Quirk runs Emily’s Catering which, until this week, had its mobile cafe stationed at Gunwharf Quays.

Starting with birthday cakes for friends and family, Emily now specialises in home-made bakery goods including cakes, breads, sandwiches and pastries.

And in recognition of her success she has been short-listed for the Young Entrepreneur category in the Network of Aspiring Women Awards, which take place on September 30 in Birmingham.

She said: ‘I was so stunned when the phone call came. I was so honoured to be considered for this award and I can’t wait to meet everyone at the ceremony.’

The awards were founded Jo Cameron, who appeared on The Apprentice on the BBC. They will be judged by leading businesswomen including Dragon’s Den star Rachel Elnaugh, Secret Millionaire Gill Fielding and former rally driver and TV presenter Penny Mallory.

To find out more, see networkofaspiringwomen.com.