Jo Stroud of Fabulous Jewellers and Mantra Jewellery has won a NatWest Everywoman award.
Now in its fifteenth year, the NatWest Everywoman Awards celebrates the success of Britain’s top female entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey – from young businesses to those who have established multi-million pound organisations.
This year, independent jewellery retail owner Jo Stroud scooped the prestigious Hera Award, which celebrates the most inspirational woman running a business that has been trading for 10 years.
Stroud founded Fabulous, a contemporary and affordable designer jewellery business, 12 years ago. With shops in Leamington Spa, Solihull and Bath, and a busy eCommerce website, Fabulous grew rapidly, with thousands of loyal customers. She’s also had great success with Mantra Jewellery, the businesses in-house brand.
Talking to Professional Jeweller after winning the award, Jo Stroud says: “It is a real honour to win this NatWest Everywoman award, for businesses over ten years old. I have tried to keep evolving Fabulous over 12 years, so now we are a creator of brands as well as a curator. Our own brand, Mantra, is jewellery that changes the way you feel, and I hope this award helps me to bring it to a wider audience.”
Other winners on the night included Great British Bake Off judge, Prue Leith, and beauty phenomenon Charlotte Tilbury.
Stroud was one of three finalists in the Hera category, all of whom were chosen by a judging panel of 18 of the country’s most successful businesswomen including Chrissie Rucker MBE, Cath Kidston MBE, Rosaleen Blair CBE and Poonam Gupta OBE.
The winners were announced at a ceremony held yesterday (December 6) at The Dorchester, London.