Success in business is a state of mind for inspirational businesswoman Karen Hollowell (31) who has overcome depression to impress one of Britain’s top entrepreneurs.
But the Market Deeping jewellery designer didn’t have to enter hit TV series Dragon’s Den to impress former judge Theo Paphitis and win a Small Business Sunday (SBS) Award for her firm Randomeyes Boutique.
Karen was invited to Birmingham to meet the multi-millionaire owner of stationery firm Ryman and former chairman of Millwall Football Club.
She said: “I was really nervous about meeting Theo as it felt like there were a million miles between my home-run jewellery boutique and his enormous success.
“But his words to me and other award winners were so humorous and inspirational that when I met him, I was much more at ease.
“To be noticed and championed by somebody so successful and influential is amazing.”
Karen started making jewellery which looks like random objects, including crayons, doughnuts and cereal boxes, in 2009 and launched her business a year later.
She tweeted Paphitis with details about Randomeyes Boutique earlier this year and he is now spreading the word among his 400,000 followers on Twitter.
Karen said: “I have been unable to maintain full-time employment because of my mental health problems, so I started making jewellery to give me some kind of purpose in life.
“The boost I’ve had from meeting Theo and having the recognition from someone like him has been really good.”
l For more details about Karen’s business, visit www.randomeyesboutique.co.uk