A BOLTON entrepreneur has been shortlisted for two Greater Manchester Business Awards.

Lee Chambers, the founder and lead psychologist at Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing, has been shortlisted for Business Person of the Year, while his firm is up for Small Business of the Year Category.

Lee launched the business 18 months ago, and despite facing challenges during the pandemic. Essentialise has worked with well-known clients such as B&Q and PwC as well as giving back by working with the NHS and various charities.

Several other Bolton businesses have made it to the final of the awards, including Tao Digital, Jobwise, Entrepreneurs Unlocked and Bridgewater Home care.

Lee said: "It's been a really challenging year evolving and navigating the ever-changing business dynamic, for both ourselves and for our clients.

"It's been a real journey, and I would have struggled if I didn't have the tremendous support of my team and those with who I collaborate.

"Being a finalist in these awards is both lovely recognition and a great bonus, and I'm very grateful to be in this position.

"And given the quality of those we are up against, I don't expect I'll be winning, but will be giving it my best shot in front of the judges."

The awards final will take place on September 3 at Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester.

Funds raised this year will be the for the Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trusts Charitable Foundation.