A BUSINESSWOMAN is dancing on cloud nine after being shortlisted for a national award in the nursery industry.
Emma Turner, of Nene Close, Stretton, set up Bramble Rose just 18 months ago after she was made redundant while pregnant with her third child.
Her online embroidery business which sells personalised clothing, bags and gifts embroidered by herself, took off after being featured in Vogue magazine and it has now been shortlisted in the best new retailer category in the Nursery Industry Awards 2013.
Ms Turner said: “We will attend the awards ceremony in Kensington, London, on October 25 to see if we’ve won the category, but to be honest, being announced as a finalist is amazing in itself.
“When I was made redundant I just took some time out to look after the children at home but I started to get itchy feet. I wanted to do something around children and had always been passionate about embroidered items.”
Since then, she has been reaping the awards and is considering on employing someone to giftwrap her items for the Christmas period.
The former project manager heard about the nursery industry awards, which former winners includes the likes of John Lewis and Mothercare, after showcasing her wares at the NEC Baby Show.
After hearing she had been shortlisted, the 34-year-old said: “To be a brand new company in an awards ceremony like this against big brand names is quite amazing.
“I think Bramble Rose was shortlisted because people like what we do, that we are recognised for providing excellent customer service and providing beautiful products.
“We work hard to find different products and create a unique design.”
It is not the first time Emma has been in the spotlight, after she was also awarded the Insight Magazine Award for best personalised children’s gifts 2012/13, and she hopes to expand her business when her youngest starts school next year.