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Press Release - 10 July 2006

New business award for female entrepreneur

A Swindon woman who has just completed the University of Bath in Swindon’s Women into Enterprise Scheme has won top prize in a local competition for businesswomen.

Caroline Waldron, from Oakhurst, wins the Swindon Businesswomen’s Breakfast Club Make it Happen Award for her new company, called The Sparkly Princess, which makes bespoke special-occasion jewellery, including wedding tiaras, prom jewellery and party wands.

Two other students of the scheme are runners up in the awards: Laura Campbell for her complementary therapy and beauty business, Hands of Thyme; and Alex Coppock-Bunce for Answers in Mind, her hypnotherapy business.

The Women into Enterprise scheme is a free training course and programme of support for women from Swindon, Wiltshire and neighbouring parts of Gloucestershire who want to start their own business. Run by the University’s Business Hub, it offers advice, training and guidance, plus a crèche for women.

Local women are invited to attend a coffee morning or evening at the Oakfield campus to find out more about the scheme and meet the team. The scheme starts again in September, running through to July 2007, with weekly morning or evening sessions.

Coffee mornings take place on Wednesday 12 July, Thursday 13 July, Wednesday 19 July and Thursday 20 July at 9.45am-11.45am with a crèche. Coffee evenings will run on Thursday 13 July and Thursday 20 July from 7pm-9pm.

Caroline was inspired to start her company to fit in with the needs of her young family and avoid paying out earnings on childcare costs. The University scheme increased her business confidence and gave her the drive and focus to succeed.

“The advice, words of wisdom and encouragement from tutors and classmates was invaluable,” said Caroline. “Now I have the best of both worlds: I have my own money, but I can still pick up my children up from school.”

The award includes a £500 prize for career training, which will fund a silversmithing course to enable Caroline to expand her range of tiaras to include new designs with set stones. To sign up for a Women into Enterprise coffee meeting or for more information visit www.swindonwomen.co.uk or call Kirsty Lovell on 01793 328770.

Women into Enterprise is one of three projects run by the Business Hub which receives European Social Fund money to support its work with local businesses.

The Swindon Businesswomen’s Breakfast Club consists of members from across the commercial spectrum. Members have the opportunity to network, exchange views and listen to speakers on a wide range of topics, both business and community related.

For information contact Alison Jones at the University of Bath Press Office on 07891 790044 or call 01225 386883.

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