AN ENTREPRENEUR from the town has been nominated for a national award in recognition of her success. 

Maggie Sikora, from Bracknell, has been shortlisted for the Social Enrepreneur of the year 2017, and stands to win £10,000 if she wins. 

The company Mrs Sikora created is named Mapis, a social enterprise which supports young people and adults from disadvantaged backgrounds across the town to develop new skills and confidence to increase their employability. 

They also provide clothing, grooming and interview preparation advice for unemployed men in Berkshire. 

Mrs Sikora is one of five finalists from the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Scale Up Programme, which is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund. 

Ms Sikora said, “It would be amazing to win the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017 and it would make a real difference to Mapis. 

“The £10,000 would enable us to equip and staff our new office space and increase the outreach of our Suit2Go service to help disadvantaged men in Berkshire into employment.

“Being on the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs, has helped me to increase the social impact of Mapis with the support of a comprehensive learning programme, business mentors and grant”.