A Whitley Bay entrepreneur has gained recognition after scooping a top award.
Carol Lewock, who runs Mrs L Cards, won Best Home Based Business at the North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
Having been made redundant twice in 2012, Carol took up a hobby and turned it into a full-time, thriving business.
Mrs L Cards design and produce greetings cards plus personalised cards and prints.
And Carol calls upon her 17 years graphic design experience to create fun and quirky designs with emphasis on special occasions such as wedding anniversaries and important birthdays.
Carol has also worked on a variety of commissions from posters to celebrate cycling achievements to heartfelt memorials.
The majority of mrs L cards are sold online, the online nature of the business means mrs L cards products are sold to customers both in Britain and globally.
The award for Best Home Based Business celebrates the ever-increasing number of women turning towards home based entrepreneurship. The judging panel were looking for women who have shown great self-discipline, determination and passion to develop a successful home-based business.
Carol said: “I am overjoyed to have won this award.
“I have worked extremely hard this year and at times it has been all encompassing.
“Winning this award has allowed me to acknowledge what I have achieved in one year and ultimately feel very, very proud.”