Money will be used to develop Moira Warren’s Patience Jewellery brand.
An emerging Scottish jeweller has won £10,000 of funding in the EDGE Awards to develop her brand, Patience Jewellery.
28-year-old Moira Warren will use the money to create new collections and roll out an extensive marketing plan. She was awarded the prize in this year’s Scottish EDGE (Encouraging Dynamic Growth Entrepreneur) Awards, supported by Scottish Enterprise, The Princes Trust and RBS.
Warren was one of just three small businesses to scoop the top cash prize in the awards’ Young EDGE category. She launched the Patience Jewellery brand in September 2013, having studied jewellery and metalwork at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. After graduating in 2007, she went on to develop her skills working in the jewellery industry in London, Spain and Edinburgh.
Warren said: "Winning this award is not only a huge honour for us at Patience Jewellery but comes at a crucial time as we look to grow and expand the business. The funding will allow us to create our new collections and focus on rolling out our extensive marketing plan, as well as help us to spread our wings and explore new markets. It’s an exciting step in the journey for Patience and we look forward to getting this next phase started."
The brand is already stocked at a number of leading independent jewellery retailers, including Johnston’s of Elgin, Jamieson & Carry and Applebys of Dublin.
Its collections are crafted in precious metals and some designs are set with gemstones. Warren added that the brand is planning to launch three new collections in September 2014 with the intention of securing more stockists across the UK.