Jessica Rose, director of the London Jewellery School has been nominated for the ‘Spirit of London Award’ 2011. The awards, also dubbed as the ‘Community Oscars’ were set up in 2009 by the Damilola Taylor Trust in order to applaud the unsung young heroes of  London's local communities.

The young entrepreneur has been shortlisted out of over 5,000 nominations for the award, for setting up and running the London Jewellery School; the UK’s largest independent jewellery training centre, based in Hatton Garden.

After being shortlisted by the category judges; 'Dragons' Den' star Theo Paphitis, Shadow Business & Enterprise Minister, Chuka Umunna and Minister for Work and Pensions, Chris Grayling, Jessica attended a prestigious event at 10 Downing Street with the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and a host of politicians and celebrities.

The final will take place on Monday 10th October with an award ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall, at which a short video will be played to the 3,000 strong audience about how Jessica set up the London Jewellery School with an aim to encourage and inspire others to enjoy making jewellery. The winner will also be announced at the ceremony, although it is an amazing achievement for Jessica to have come so far in the award process, with only three nominees remaining in each category.

“It is such an honour to be a finalist and I hope to encourage budding jewellers and entrepreneurs of the future to believe in themselves and follow their passion, whatever it may be’

Jessica Rose

For more information and to keep up-to-date with Jessica’s progress please visit the London Jewellery School Blog

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