BUSINESSWOMAN and mum of six Lynda Harding, from Waterlooville, has been nominated for the 2015 NatWest Everywoman Awards.
Now in its 13th year, the Everywoman Awards celebrate female entrepreneurship and passion.
Ms Harding, who started baby sleep accessory manufacturer SweetDreamers, has been nominated in a new ‘Aphrodite’ category.
The award recognises the success of ‘mumpreneurs’ – women who have set up businesses while taking care of young children.
Ms Harding said: ‘Being a mum is my top priority and a role I love more than anything else. However, it was being a mum that inspired the creation of our original sleep aid, Ewan the Dream Sheep, and I have worked so hard to make a success of it.
‘My sixth child, Bradley, struggled to sleep and after many sleepless nights I was driven to find a solution for us and many other sleep-deprived parents.
‘After much research and product development our much-loved Ewan was born.
‘I truly believe in Ewan’s ability to promote a healthy sleep pattern and have become determined to share him with the world.
‘It is this unfaltering faith in Ewan and his sidekick Russell the dream sheepdog, that has led me to invest a lot of time and love into the business.
‘It is a great honour, however, to hear this has been recognised by national business leaders and great to have my hard work recognised.’
Speaking about the finalists, Everywoman co-founder Maxine Benson said: ‘Thirteen years ago there were very few role models women could identify.
‘Today it is commonplace to read of women starting a business, but the extent and scale of their success is often overlooked.
‘Our judges were greatly impressed by the passion and determination of the finalists – we wish them all the best of luck.’
Winners will be announced at an awards evening on December 2.