A LEADING figure in Trafford's business community has been chosen to judge a national award.

Rachel Ray, MD of Altrincham housekeeping franchise business Bright and Beautiful, will be one of the judges marking the national iHubbub Top 100 Home Business Awards.

The awards are designed to recognise the work of entrepreneurs who have started and successfully run a business from home.

The 12 categories range from best family business and best freelancer to best home business startup and most inspiring business person.

Rachel said: “Having started my own business from home I am very excited to be judging such a valuable award that recognises the hard work that goes into setting up and running home based businesses."