Suffolk businesswoman Rachel Ducker, aged 23, has been awarded the title of ‘East of England Young Businesswoman of the year 2009’ (sponsored by Adnams plc) after just seven months in her first business.

The prestigious award ceremony, organised by the Suffolk Branch of the Institute of Directors, was held on Thursday evening at the Radisson Blu hotel, Stansted, with over 180 people in attendance.

Rachel beat three other finalists to win the title, and was considered by six female judges after a 2000 essay about her business and a twenty-minute presentation

Her business, Apparition Marketing and Design, based in Halesworth and Bury St Edmunds, is a creative agency that helps businesses with marketing, PR, website and design solutions, with client businesses of all sizes from various sectors.

She attributes her twenty years of training in the Martial Art of Kuk Sool Won as one of the catalysts for her success in business, and sees no reason why she cannot use this within her career, as it has taught her how to focus, persevere and reach her goals.

She explains that combining these skills with her strong moral values and a caring personality is what allows her to help other businesses to grow and achieve results.

Rachel says: “In the economic climate we are in, I think that it is important to give back and keep supporting the business community. I have always been a fighter both in my Martial Arts training and within my business career.”

On winning the award Rachel comments: “To be short listed was wonderful, to become a finalist was exciting but to actually win and be recognised at this age and so early on within my business is amazing!”

“The support I have received since starting my business last year has been overwhelming and I am so thankful to everyone who has helped me along the way.”

“I hope that I can be a role model for others of my age who have, or are thinking of starting their own business. It is hard work but the results are so rewarding, especially when you can make a difference.”

Rachel will be continuing to do what she does best, helping her clients by unleashing her passion and energy to make others more successful through creative marketing and design.

For more information about Apparition Marketing & Design, call 07590 124227