LJS founder makes young entrepreneur shortlist


Jessica Rose selected for growing jewellery school in just four years.

Jessica Rose, the founder of London Jewellery School (LJS), has been shortlisted for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the British Young Business Awards.

Rose set up the school in 2009 aged 21 and has today established a business with more than 6,000 students a year attending classes at the LJS’s Hatton Garden location.

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Rose was nominated among a list of 22 young entrepreneurs or pairs of entrepreneurs across a range of sectors including social media, food, solar energy and retail. She is pitted against entrepreneurs including Nick D’Aloisio, who created the news app Summly aged 17 and sold it to Yahoo for a reported $30m (£20.1m), and high profile businesses including Instagram, Kickstarter UK, Innocent Drinks and Net-a-Porter.

Rose said she was honoured to be shortlisted: "It is fantastic that a business that is about jewellery, craft and making is recognised for success alongside big international online brands and longer established enterprises.

"I set up the jewellery school out of a passion for jewellery making and facilitating creativity, to see that grow and flourish is as amazing feeling.”

The winner of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award will be decided by public vote which can be cast via the British Young Business Awards website.

The winners across various categories will be announced on August 12 at a ceremony at The Porchester Hall which will also be televised on Information TV, Sky 191.

The nominees were selected by a judging panel that spent the first six months of 2013 researching, interviewing and compiling a list of top British entrepreneurs and businesses to make the final nominee list for the 2013 British Young Business Awards.

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