Bespoke jeweller awarded in Cambridge News Business Excellence awards.

Harriet Kelsall’s bespoke jewellery company has scooped the prize for Small Business of the Year at the Cambridge News Business Excellence 2012 awards.

The awards ceremony was held last week at Cambridge’s King’s College, where Kelsall was awarded the prize at what was the 19th Business Excellence awards. She collected her gong with Alice Rochester, the senior designer and manager of Kelsall’s Cambridge studio.


Rochester said: “2011 was a big year for our Cambridge studio as at the start of that year we invested in a complete redesign, with the intention of making true bespoke jewellery accessible in a High Street location.

“We were thrilled with the results and to be recognised by this prestigious Cambridge awards is the icing on the cake.”

Kelsall was awarded several jewellery industry prizes in 2011 and was named a Retail Star in last year’s Professional Jeweller Hot 100; something Kelsall has dubbed “the who’s who of the jewellery industry”.

She was also named Woman of the Year at the Specsavers Everywoman in Retail Awards at the end of 2011, recognised for her innovative approach to bespoke jewellery design in Cambridge.

Colin Grant, editorial director of Iliffe News and Media East, which includes Cambridge News and Cambridge Business magazine, said: “We have seen some great companies and great entrepreneurs. They are all worthy winners, and they faced some tough competition from the other finalists.

“These are the people and businesses which continue to make Cambridge and the region such an inspiring area, and which are helping to fuel the economic growth the country needs.”