At the end of 2011 Jacqueline chose three of her #WOW winners to be the overall winners for the year. These women were invited to join Jacqueline for a mentoring lunch at The Ivy in London. Below you can find more details on the three businesses that won.
U design studio
U design studio was founded by Donna Naseby in August 2011 and offers a unique service which allows children to design their own clothes which are then made. The business is currently run through the U design studio website, with founder Donna having big plans to make the site even more interactive, creating a complete virtual world where children can have fun online with parents assured that the website is safe and fun.
Donna’s dream is to see U design workshops on the high street in the next few years.
U design studio were #WOW winners on 31st August.
Launched by Genevieve Yusuf in 2011 from her home study, Jajaja books are a range of children’s books that have been created to help increase language skills. With no formal business training or experience, Genevieve very much saw a gap in the market and made her idea a reality through continued hard work. She self published her first book and also handles her own marketing and publicity.
Genevieve also tours schools to give readings for children aged 8 and under, encouraging them to become familiar with new languages.Genevieve is keen to grow Jajaja books and plans to expand her range into a variety of different languages.
Jajaja Books were #WOW winners on 21st September.
WedgeWelly was founded in 2007 by Sarah Longthorn, Mike Longthorn and Laura Booth after a conversation between Sarah and Laura about how to look glamorous at festivals. The trio came up with the idea for WedgeWelly and haven’t looked back since!Using each of their own skill sets, Sarah is chairwoman with Laura responsible for designing the prints and designs for the product and Mike looking after the finances.
Following a successful appearance on Dragons Den the WedgeWelly team won investment from Dragon Theo Paphitis and the business has continued to go from strength to strength. The product is stocked in many independent retailers and can be bought online through the WedgeWelly website and Tesco online.
WedgeWelly were #WOW winners on 2nd November.