Sheffield designer in running for businesswomen under 25 accolade.
Sheffield-based jewellery designer Jessica Flinn has been named a finalist in the 2013 NatWest Everywoman Awards.
The finalists for the awards were revealed yesterday, recognising the women from across the UK exhibiting vital contribution that female enterprise makes to the British economy.
24-year-old Flinn has been selected for the Artemis category, sponsored by The White Company, for women running a business under the age of 25.
Flinn launched her namesake jewellery brand in 2011, exhibiting her first collection at IJL that year. Today her stainless steel and silver and gold collections are sold through 60 independent boutiques and Argos, for whom she has created a number of capsule collections.
She also offers a bespoke design service and has increased turnover six-fold in just two years of trading.
Judges for the awards include business founders Chrissie Rucker MBE of the White Company, Wendy Hallett MBE of Hallett Retail, Camilla Stephens of Higgidy and Anna Lee of Storm Watches. They received a record-breaking number of entries for this year’s awards.
Everywoman co-founder Maxine Benson MBE said: “Now is the time to shrug off the spectre of recession and celebrate the individuals who are contributing to economic recovery through their vision and success. This year’s finalists unilaterally saw the opportunity for growth and have proven that the UK is enterprise friendly and open for business. Women-led SME’s already contribute £70 billion to the economy. With an estimated 2.4m women not in work who want to work, if we could just equalise men and women’s economic participation we could add 10% to the economy by 2030. It is vital, therefore, that we foster entrepreneurial culture to ensure the UK economy continues its recovery and its ability to compete on a global scale.”