A Blackburn businesswoman is among the ‘best female entrepreneurs’ in the north, after being shortlisted for an award.

Charlotte Knowles sustainability and social responsibility director at Greenarc, formerly known as Elektec, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the outstanding entrepreneur category at the Northern Power Women Awards.

The awards are an annual awards ceremony that exist to highlight the role models from the north of England.

The awards recognise those who are shifting the dial towards a more gender equal world.

Greenarc is a Burnley-based electrical company which supports residential, commercial, and public sector clients as they transition to clean energy.

The company have been named on The Sunday Times 100 list of Britain’s fastest-growing companies.

Charlotte said "I am overwhelmed, thrilled and honoured to be shortlisted for this award alongside so many other incredible female business leaders."

Charlotte is known within Lancashire for her volunteering and charitable efforts. She is a national ambassador for the Prince's Trust’s women supporting women campaign and is a member of the Calderdale Green Economy initiative, playing a significant role in shaping and demonstrating a green future for Calderdale.

Earlier this month, she was recognised by the British Citizen Awards for 'exceptional contribution to society and being an inspiration to other British citizens’.

From an original pool of more than 1400 nominations, 90 finalists have been shortlisted over several categories.

The 2024 Northern Power Women Awards ceremony takes place at the Manchester Central Convention Centre on March 18.