A WOMAN from Gwynedd who founded a start-up business just six months ago is up for a prestigious national award.

Kathryn Luckock from Bethesda has recently been nominated for the Institute of Directors (IoD) Wales Director of the Year award.

The social entrepreneur set up her business, 'Share Impact' in October 2017 and has already received several positive reviews from around the world.

The company offers strategic advice and support to social enterprises, helping them measure and communicate their impact so they can sell their products and services effectively.

Kathryn recently expressed her joy at being shortlisted for the IoD prize.

“I’m delighted and a bit surprised to have been shortlisted for this award," she said.

"Share Impact is a new business and I’m very excited about the future."

Kathryn has worked in the third sector for the majority of her career, including in London for a leading interfaith organisation which used volunteering and social action as a method of bringing young people from different cultural and religious backgrounds together for learning and dialogue.

She believes that there is a limited number of experienced professionals who can offer marketing and communications services specifically tailored to the needs of social entrepreneurs.

"There are even fewer who combine this with measuring social impact and focus on digital communications," she added.

"This is where Share Impact comes in, and this is what makes my enterprise different."

Nominated in the Start-Up category; Kathryn will find out whether or not she has been successful at the awards lunch at Cardiff’s SSE SWALEC this Friday (May 11).