Chorley businesswoman nominated for National Diversity Awards for service to trans community

A businesswoman from Chorley has been nominated for the second consecutive year for Outstanding Entrepreneur in the UK’s biggest national diversity awards.

Gill Springgay, 53, who runs Makeover Girl – Reinvent Yourself – an image consultancy specializing in transgender image and style, hopes it will be a second chance.

“It’s really amazing. I’m completely overwhelmed.

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Chorley business owner Gill Springgay was recently nominated for Outstanding Entrepreneur at the 2022 National Diversity Awards, along with Chorley Mayor Steve Holgate

“I reached the final of last year’s awards and received a certificate of achievement. That was an achievement in itself, but my clients nominated me again.”

Having started her business in 2009 from the comfort of her own living room, Gill’s business continues to break through the barriers of beauty for all and has now taken up residence on the High Street at The Studio, Newlands, Eccleston.

Explaining how it all came together, she added: “I really didn’t know anything about the trans community until I did a makeover for a friend of mine and he looked fantastic.

“I then decided that this would be my niche.

Owner of Reinvent Yourself Makeover Girl Gill Springgay who was nominated for Outstanding Entrepreneur at the National Diversity Awards

“It’s one of the first high street businesses to cater to the needs of the transgender community and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved.

“I’m a trans advocate. I want to break social barriers and myths about trans people. When they tell me I’m changing their lives by helping them, it’s amazing.”

“I’ve always done hair and makeup and decided to get the qualifications to start the business because when I googled what was on offer to the trans community, I couldn’t find anything.

“Whether you need help finding the look that’s right for you, support with your transition, or just want to look your best for that special occasion, Makeover Girl has something for you.

Gill Springgay with Mayor of Chorley Steve Holgate

“I offer many bespoke services and packages including makeup tutorials, body shape and style analysis, color analysis, personal shopping and confidence building.”

She added, “I also offer a full hairstyling service for natural hair as well as a wig consultation with a fitting service in my studio.

“I won’t stop until I win.

“I’m doing this for transgender women and winning would be a victory for them.”

Chorley business owner Gill Springgay has been nominated for Outstanding Entrepreneur at the 2022 National Diversity Awards

“The transgender community is often misrepresented and having a shop in the center of the main street makes it visible.”

Gill will also soon begin gender counseling.

For more information visit his website HERE.

Charities, role models and community heroes will be honored at the 2022 ceremony showcasing their outstanding dedication to improving equality, diversity and inclusion; thereby embracing excellence in all our citizens regardless of race, faith, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture. The concept of the National Diversity Awards was born when The Diversity Group identified an urgent need to actively promote more positive role models, with the aim of empowering and inspiring the wide range of diverse communities across the UK.

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral will host this year’s awards on Friday 16 September.

Applications are now open and close this Friday.

Richard F. Gandhi