Leigh bids to be the height of fashion

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AN entrepreneur with a real eye for style is in contention for a national award - and your help could make all the difference.

Leigh Hornsey, from hartlepool, is the owner of the town-based retro clothing firm Call me Betty.

The firm has been shortlisted in the Best Vintage Reproduction section of the National Vintage Awards and now she needs the support of Hartlepool Mail readers to be successful.

She is calling on people to vote for Call me Betty which will find out how it has done in the competition which comes to a finale in Birmingham on Thursday June 19.

The competition has been created to celebrate the independent businesses that keep the vintage scene alive today.

Leigh said: “I’m so excited to be in the running for this award. I’ve worked really hard to get this far and to achieve national recognition for doing something I enjoy so much would be wonderful, I would love it if everyone in Hartlepool would vote for Call me Betty.”

Leigh is hoping that this year will see Call me Betty grow beyond the online business it currently is.

She added: “It’s time to start pushing myself and the business more, I would love to see Call me Betty on the High street in the town one day, and if that is my goal, I need to be working towards that now.”

To help her achieve that aim, Leigh believes that gaining recognition through competitions could be an advantage. “I think gaining recognition in this way can only help,” she added.

Mother-of-one Leigh, from Hartlepool, owns and runs the online clothing company which specialises in “a vintage style for a modern woman”.

Leigh certainly has the pedigree for success. She was formerly a freelance designer for companies including New Look, Ann Summers and Debenhams.

She launched Call me Betty in 2009 when she was pregnant with her daughter Libby, now four years old.

Leigh, who is married to Paul Hornsey, a 37-year-old draughtsman, sells mainly through a website and Facebook, where she has nearly 13,000 followers. Now, she’s hoping they will help her to more success.

Voting takes place online at www.thenationalvintageawards.co.uk throughout May. To vote for Call me Betty, visit the Best Vintage Reproduction page.