A PASSIONATE baker and business owner is celebrating after being named as a finalist in two categories of a prestigious business awards ceremony.

Davina Steel is based in Halstead and makes gluten free snacks and baking kits.

Founder Davina Steel is now through to the finals of the Best Business Women Awards.

They were founded in 2015 and are now considered to be one of the nation’s most prestigious awards for business women.

The awards cover a wide range of industries and aim to recognise and reward the best female business talent.

Davina has been nominated for two categories – Made in the UK and Most Inspiring.

The winners are due to announced at a glittering gala ceremony in April next year.

Davina said: “I am delighted to have been named a finalist in two categories in these inspiring awards. This is a tough competition judged by business experts, so getting to this stage recognises the continued effort in creating and building a business which I feel truly stands out from the crowd.

“Baking is my passion and my business, and being named as a finalist in awards like this makes all the hard work worthwhile.”