Best of friends go head-to-head for business award

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Best friends will go head-to-head in the battle to be Enfield’s best business.

Community group Love Your Doorstep (LYDS) will be up against beauty business Tessa Stevens, both of London Road, in Enfield Town, for the prize at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) awards next month.

The award is one of ten categories on show at the ceremony, which celebrates small businesses from across the capital.

However, more spice will be added to the competition as founder of LYDS Emma Rigby and entrepreneur Ms Stevens told the Enfield Independent.

Mrs Rigby said: “Tessa is one of the businesses on our directory service and she is a great friend of mine. We genuinely had no idea that we had both applied for the award and now we are the two nominees.”

Ms Stevens said: “We have won industry awards in the past but this is the first business award that we have applied for and it was be amazing to win.”

The beauty clinic was set up in 2007, with Ms Stevens opening her second clinic in Winchmore Hill in 2009.

Set up during the London riots in 2011, LYDS has undergone a huge effort to bring the community closer together by setting up a local directory for businesses.

Competitive spirit is certainly evident, however, as the pair revealed they were delighted for each other for getting this far.

Mrs Rigby said: “Tessa has done an amazing job and will be a worthy winner. We are just incredibly happy that we have both made it to the finals and we will be sharing a table at the awards next month.”

The awards will take place on July 19 in central London.

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