Ann Summers chief executive Jacqueline Gold has been named a judge for the inaugural Mills & Boon Romantics Awards.
Gold is on the panel as sole judge for the Most Romantic Entrepreneur Award, which will be handed to a small business that has had “the biggest impact on the world of romance”, according to the publisher.
The news comes three months after Gold received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 UK Lingerie Awards. She was singled out for her impressive career in the lingerie industry, which began at the age of 21 when she transformed her father’s business to create a brand which focused on women, allowing them to shop for lingerie and adult toys in a safe, female-friendly environment.
Other Romantics judges include Tracey Cox, international expert in relationships, sex and body language; Sharon Kendrick, best-selling author for Mills & Boon; and James Lord Director of Weddings at Quintessentially, who will judge categories from the Most Romantic Wedding Venue to the Most Romantic UK Destination.
The aim of The Romantics is to help smaller boutique businesses to get discovered and to encourage Mills & Boon readers to discover the best of UK romance.
Nominations for the 2015 Awards are now open for entry until March 22 and entries will be whittled down to a list of 10 by the ‘romance experts’ at Mills & Boon.
The public will then vote for their favourite businesses and the top three entries from each category will be put before the judges. Winners are announced at an awards ceremony on April 29.
All The Romantics finalists and winners will receive a winners logo, promotion in Mills & Boon’s winners directory for a year, plus an overall winner will be written into a Mills & Boon book, for publication in 2016.