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Jennifer Duthie and her shoes

Jennifer Duthie and her shoes

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A Blackpool woman has been shortlisted for a top national award for young entrepreneurs.

Jennifer Duthie, 27, has been shortlisted for Shell LiveWIRE’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Jennifer, who only started up her innovative children’s footwear brand Skribbies in July 2013, is the only female out of the eight finalists and will now compete to be recognized as the UK’s newest outstanding entrepreneur.

Jennifer has already collected a £1,000 start-up grant as part of the monthly Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards for her company Skribbies.

The Grand Ideas Awards have been given to 48 budding young business ideas over the course of the last year. Of this group, Jennifer and seven other young entrepreneurs have been shortlisted as the most innovative and promising businesses, and will compete for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the £10,000 prize on November 21.

Jennifer said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled to have been selected as a finalist for such a prestigious award.

“I hope to be able to inspire other young entrepreneurs, especially women to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams as one day they could be a Shell LiveWIRE finalist too!!

“It would make a massive impact on Skribbies to win the award and I am really excited for the final.”

She will now undergo a thorough judging process by a panel of eight independent business experts, including Alex Mitchell, the co-founder and director of the Young Brits Network, Prof Mark Hart, professor of small business at Aston Business School; Helene Martin Gee, co-founder and chief adviser to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Entrepreneurship.

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