Lee Thomas and her company Aesthetics Events Staff Ltd, Nominated for two business awards!

A COVENTRY-based events entrepreneur has been recognised for her firm’s success by being shortlisted for two business awards. Lee Thomas, managing director of Aesthetics Events Staff, is a finalist in the Midlands Business Person of the Year at the Midlands Business Awards. Her firm, which she established from a bedroom in 1996, has also been shortlisted in the Service Provider of the Year (above £1m turnover) at the same event. It comes after Ms Thomas was highly-commended at the 32nd annual Business Woman of the Year awards, held in Birmingham. The company, which is based at Electric Wharf in Coventry, now has more than 12,000 staff on its books worldwide and works for a range of businesses, venues and events – including Wembley Stadium, UEFA, Wimbledon, Silverstone, Volvo, Samsung, Bentley, Fiat, General Motors and the Ford and VW Group. She said: “I have never entered awards for personal glory – I want other people to see that if I am able to achieve success in business, they can too. “For many years, I never really wanted to promote the success of the company but I spoke at a Prince’s Trust event to a group of young girls and realised that there were very few role models with my type of background. “I am came from a working class background and had to work for every penny in order to establish Aesthetics and make it a success. We are now working for some of the biggest brands, venues and sporting events on the planet.” The winners of the ninth annual Midlands Business Awards will be announced at a ceremony at the Birmingham Metropole Hotel on February 20.