Kate has designs on top business prize

Kate Marston, who is one of six finalists in the Best Business Women awards, with her husband Ben
Kate Marston, who is one of six finalists in the Best Business Women awards, with her husband Ben

A graphic designer who is celebrating 10 years since she set up her own firm has made it to the final six in a competition looking for the best women in business.

Kate Marston, 40, is a finalist for the Best Business Women for Business Services category after she nominated herself as a way to mark a decade since the beginning of KM Designs.

Kate, of New Mill Terrace, Tring, will find out if she has scooped the top prize at the black-tie awards ceremony in St Albans tonight (Thursday, October 15).

She said: “It’s fantastic to have reached the finals, I feel extremely proud.

“I’m celebrating 10 years in business this year and I couldn’t have got this far without the support of family, friends, clients and suppliers.

“Most of my clients and suppliers are local so I also get to see the benefits that they bring to the local community.”

Kate, who lives with husband Ben, 42, and their nine-year-old cat Frank, has been in the graphic design industry since she left school.

She first broke out on her own after she was made redundant and finished off a few projects before making the decision to go it alone.

Debbie Gilbert, founder of the awards, said: ‘The awards are all about showcasing great women who are running a business around a family or commitments. The standard was very high so to be shortlisted is a major achievement.”