Ellie with Rebecca Ferguson & Mel C

Ellie Phillips, the 26 year old founder and director of the Liverpool Music Awards has picked up the award of Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards 2013 for the North West of England, and the Isle of Man.

The win comes just two months after the second ever Liverpool Music Awards, which were sponsored by Liverpool City Council. The 2013 ceremony, which was held at St George’s Hall on Bank Holiday Sunday as part of the Liverpool International Music Festival, was once again hosted by BBC Radio 2’s Janice Long. Janice is also a member of the stellar judging panel for the awards, which also includes Steve Levine, Mark Featherstone-Whitty, Dave Monks, Jade Wright, Jennifer John, Roger Hill, Billy Butler, Lee Butler, Yaw Owusu, Dr Mike Jones and Spike Beecham.

Moving forwards, Ellie has secured the legacy of the awards by setting up a sister charity: The Liverpool Music Foundation, which aims to helps disadvantaged youths gain access to music.

Ellie said: “I was so shocked when they announced my name, it was genuinely unexpected. I have been nominated for a few awards over the past couple of years but this is my first win. It’s also the biggest award I’ve been shortlisted for because it covers the whole of the North West. I’ve worked incredibly hard over the past few years to build the Liverpool Music Awards from an idea to where they are now, and I’m absolutely delighted that their success has been acknowledged, even beyond the boarders of our city. I really couldn’t be happier, it’s so heart-warming to be recognised with a nomination, but to win is just incredible.”

Liverpool City Council’s Assistant Mayor, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “It’s fantastic news that a young Liverpool business woman has scooped the top prize in these prestigious awards.

“We recently worked closely with Ellie as part of the Liverpool International Music Festival and were impressed by her professionalism and enthusiasm which resulted in a memorable event.

“She is a great role model for women, not only in Liverpool but across the UK, as she has transformed her passion and devotion for her hometown into a well-respected business.”

Linda Barlow, Managing Director, Forward Ladies said: “Our judging panel were very impressed by Ellie.  They felt she provided clear evidence of her passion for music and determination to make the Liverpool Music Awards a successful endeavour.  She clearly has a vision in mind for what she wishes to achieve and is focused on ensuring success.  Ellie is an inspiring role model for other young emerging entrepreneurs, on behalf of Forward Ladies, we wish her every success for the future.”