A jewellery designer received a massive boost when her business was spotted by an entrepreneur from Dragon’s Den.
Karen Hollowell, who runs Randomeyes Boutique from her home in Market Deeping, picked up a Small Business Sunday Award from businessman Theo Paphitis.
He runs an event on Twitter every Sunday evening when small businesses can send him information about their company and he will retweet details of his favourite six to his 400,000 followers.
Randomeyes Boutique was a winner in February but Karen has just collected her award from the Dragon at his annual awards night in Birmingham.
Karen, 31, said: “I was really nervous about meeting Theo as it felt like there were a million miles between my little home-run jewellery boutique and his enormous success.
“Being noticed and championed by somebody so successful and influential is an amazing feeling.
“Winning the SBS Award was a fantastic achievement in itself, but on a personal note, the boost it has given my self-belief is the biggest reward for me.”
Randomeyes Boutique was launched officially at the Clothes Show Live 2010, but Karen began making her products in 2009 to help her manage her depression and anxiety.
She said: “I have been unable to maintain full-time employment because of my mental health problems so I started making jewellery for the therapeutic benefits and to give me some kind of purpose in life.
“At this stage it was simply a project for me for my own sense of purpose and satisfaction.
“I’d made a website to showcase my designs but I did nothing to promote or market it but the day before it expired I received a phonecall from someone who had stumbled across my website, loved my products, and wanted me to hold a stall at The Clothes Show Live, which is how Randomeyes Boutique started.”
Her website www.randomeyesboutique.co.uk includes a number of products where proceeds will go to the mental health charity Mind.