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Forward Ladies National Awards Shortlist for Derby Business Woman

Forward Ladies have announced the shortlist for the 2017 national awards and local business woman, Roseanna Croft, has been announced as a regional finalist for the Midlands area in the Young Entrepreneur category


Roseanna Croft owns bespoke jewellery brand Roseanna Croft Jewellery and runs a luxury boutique in Bakewell, Derbyshire. Roseanna is a qualified jewellery designer and goldsmith with 8 years of experience in her industry, she creates all her bespoke pieces onsite. Roseanna also showcases other local, luxury products in the boutique to support small British businesses

Roseanna is founder and CEO of business networking and support group The Diamond Initiative, which she runs with her business partner Robyn MacMillan. The networking group is growing rapidly since it’s humble beginning in April of this year and has some amazing feedback from its members on how much they gain from The Diamond Initiative. The Diamond Initiative is showing excellent promise for the business women of Derby to network, develop themselves and their businesses, as well as gain invaluable support from their peers.

Jennifer Crawley, UK Head of Performance for Business Banking, HSBC and judge said:

“There was an impressive number of high-calibre entries this year, highlighting the quality of

talented businesswomen we have in the UK. These entrants are the future entrepreneurs of

our country, with the Forward Ladies event to showcase the best Britain has to offer. HSBC

will be supporting them every step of the way to ensure their businesses prosper and thrive

in the long term.”

The other judges include Ajaz Ahmed, the founder of Freeserve, Jan Flawn CBE, founder of PJ Care, Sahar Hashemi, founder of Coffee Republic and Dale Murray, Co-Founder of Omega Logic. Sahar Hashemi’s book ‘Anyone Can Do It: Building Coffee Republic’ is one of the reasons Roseanna became a business woman in the first place.

Roseanna’s businesses have been supported by The Prince’s Trust for the last two years and this year Roseanna became a proud Young Ambassador for them, raising money for the charity when running the London Marathon this year.

Roseanna told us,

“I am so honoured to be shortlisted for Young Entrepreneur in the Midlands area, something I didn’t expect. I love business and I’ve loved building both of my businesses to where they are today. I cannot wait to see how they will grow in the future. Supporting women in business is very important to me, so I am very excited by this award. I very much believe that empowered women, empower women and we can do great things when empowered.”

For further information please contact Roseanna Croft via email at [email protected]

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