Young Entrepreneur: My 15k Start-up is now a 500k business
Young female entrepreneur Jessica Rose set up her business at 21, just 4 years later it’s the largest Jewellery School in Europe which now has a turn over of 500k. Her story shows just how anyone can launch their own company and with lots of hard work and determination and make it a success despite the recession.
After dropping out of her university degree, Jessica also left her part-time job where she had saved up £5,000 and took out a £10,000 loan, giving her the funds to set up a professional jewellery-teaching studio in London’s famous jewellery quarter Hatton Garden. From just one class a month in 2009 to over 50 classes per month today the school has been a huge success and is now the largest jewellery training centre in Europe attracting attention from 1000’s of students of all ages and abilities including some celebrities also coming to make their own statement bling.
‘Setting up a business in the recession isn’t easy but I saw a gap in the market, made a business plan and just went for it. The main advice I would give to others thinking of setting up their own business is to find something you are passionate about, you will be spending many long hours working on your business and need to have the drive and determination to keep going even though the tough times’
Jessica Rose, Director, London Jewellery School
Having been nominated for numerous awards including making the shortlist for a ‘Spirit of London Award’ in 2011 and meeting the prime minister to celebrate her business success, Jessica has made it her mission to inspire others to set up their own business and encourage them to do what they love for a living.
Jessica had no formal training in jewellery making or business qualifications before launching the school and had no financial support from family so really had to make it on her own. Her inspirational journey shows that running your own business really is a viable option and she has supported many budding entrepreneurs in setting up their own jewellery business through training and events at the school.
To find out more about Jessica and her story visit - http://www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk/about-us/jessica-rose/
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