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FOR the past year, ladies’ fitness club owner Angie Rose has strived to improve the quality of life of her members.

Now the 40-year-old, who runs Energie Fitness For Women, hopes all her hard work will pay off at next year’s Business Excellence Awards contest, run by The News.

She has put the Havant business in the running for Community Contribution and Small or Medium Business of the Year.

Angie opened the club, which holds fitness classes from Mondays to Saturdays, last December at a previously disused unit on North Street.

Now more than 280 members are on the books at the business, which also provides full-body workout aerobic and weight training circuits.

Beginners are put on a six-week programme with a personal fitness instructor who gives them nutrition and fitness advice.

Angie, from Briarwood Close, Fareham, who leads a team of three staff, said: ‘We’re thriving right now.

‘I feel that we’re making a difference to the lives of ladies in the town and across the wider community.

‘I’d be over the moon if we won in our categories and it would mean a lot to everyone who comes here.

‘My aim is to improve health, happiness and fitness.

‘Everyday I hear amazing stories from my ladies.

‘Someone came to me recently and said by going to the classes she could now reach things on the top shelf in a supermarket.

‘It’s things like that which make your job worthwhile.

‘I’m extremely passionate about my business and so is the rest of my team.’

To enter the 2012 Business Excellence Awards complete an online form which can be found at portsmouth.co.uk.

Send it back by email to emma.judd@thenews.co.uk or by post to Emma Judd, Business Editor, The News Centre, The News, Hilsea, PO2 9SX.

Shortlisted entrants will be invited to a black tie dinner and awards ceremony, in Portsmouth Guildhall, in February.