AN entrepreneur is in the running for an award which recognises the work of women in the north west.

Pamela Cunliffe, managing director of RnD Tax Refunds Limited, was chosen as a finalist in the Enterprise Vision Awards.

Launched in 2017, RnD Tax Refunds, based in Warrington, was created to support SMEs in claiming back tax relief for their research and development activity carried out within the business.

Pamela, who has been nominated for the Women in Financial Services category, has been chosen from almost 1,000 entrants.

She said: “I am delighted to be a finalist in and have found the support from NatWest and business growth enabler Kim Meadows invaluable. There is nothing more rewarding than helping SMEs to grow and with the average RnD tax claim being £70,000, those funds received can have such an impact in propelling business to the next level.”

“With a personal approach being at the forefront of everything I do. I’m excited at meeting with and raising awareness to SMEs across the UK.”

Kim Meadows, business growth enabler at NatWes, said: “Pamela has created a fantastic business with RnD Tax Refunds. She is knowledgeable about her sector but is also passionate about what she does.

“As highlighted in this year’s Rose Review, there are a number of challenges faced by women when they start and scale their business including fear of going into business alone.

“That’s one of the reasons it’s important to support the achievements made by women in business through the EVAS. We congratulate Pamela and all of the other nominees, and hope they have a fantastic night.”