Sheffield jeweller describes prize-giving as "extraordinary".
By Jessica Knowles
Jessica Flinn has been awarded the newly-launched Young Entrepeneur Award, part of the Graduate Entrepreneurship Project.
Flinn was presented the award by the Duke of York at a ceremony at the University of Huddersfield’s 3M Buckley Innovation Centre. Flinn was nominated for the award by Sheffield Hallam University, where she studied for her degree in Metalwork and Jewellery.
She said of the win: “It was an extraordinary day and one that I still can’t believe. So much has happened in the past two years and this award proves to me that all the hard work has been worth it."
Flinn was named a Professional Jeweller NexGem in 2012. Her work has been featured in British Vogue and, after launching her company in 2011, signed a contract with Argos placing her jewellery in 750 stores around the UK.
Flinn prides herself on local sourcing and manufacturing in Sheffield where her business is based.
Her work is also sold through 50 independent outlets nationwide including Pebbles in Edinburgh and Julian Stephens in Brighton.