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Start-Up of the Year

Start-Up of the Year

Young florist Stephanie Tue has opened two florists and won an award at Chelsea Flower Show - all by the age of 20.

Stephanie, of Hodroyd Farm, South Hiendley, became the owner of Pickerings on Peel Street, in May - having taken over from her former college tutor.

She already runs Stephanotis at Rob Royd Farm Shop on Genn Lane.

Stephanie realised early on that she wanted to work with flowers and got a job in a florist at weekends and school holidays.

She went on to do a course in floristry and gained more experience.

At 17, Stephanie entered the Young Florist of the Year competition and won with her table centre which was based on the Olympic torch. This gave her a place at the Chelsea Flower Show in May 2012 where she won a silver gilt medal for her chandelier design to mark the Queen's jubilee.

Upon winning her award, Stephanie said: "I'm really overwhelmed. I was quite shocked to have made the final three. There were some other really good businesses in this category and it's really amazing to have been picked as the winner. "I don't know which florist I'm going to put my award in - I might have to split it between them!"

Calling all forward thinking entrepreneurs, if you’ve watched your business idea turn into a business reality we want you to nominate yourself for our Start Up of the Year award to recognise your success.

This award is aimed at start up businesses where their owners have displayed talent, creativity and the skills to be a real business star of the future.

The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.

  • Track record of entrepreneurial achievement (not necessarily financial) within a current business.
  • Evidence of building a scalable business or brand.
  • Innovation in your technology, product, service or sector.
  • Personal ambition and vision.
  • Positive personal leadership of the business and workforce.

If this sounds like you or someone you know, why not nominate them for this award.