Scared to start your own business?

by Ali Gray

Got a big idea? Sometimes all you need is the courage to go for it – and Jenny Dawson is the proof.

The 27-year-old founder of Rubies in the Rubble was working for a Mayfair hedgefund when she came up with the concept for her new venture. She had seen how many perfectly edible fruits and vegetables are discarded from London markets and decided to use the surplus produce to make jams and chutneys. Thus, Rubies in the Rubble was born.

Jenny started her company in 2011, and she’s come a long way since. Today it was announced that she received the Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award for her achievement in business, and Jenny couldn’t be happier.

‘I was actually in the running for this last year as well so, for Veuve Clicquot to follow our progress and growth over the year, see potential in what we are building and acknowledge it, is incredibly encouraging,’ she tells Marie Claire.

Jenny said she also feels honoured to receive an award that highlight’s women in business. ‘I have never felt challenged by being a women, but I do think women in business need to be recognised to encourage more women into leading positions. I love that Veuve Clicquot celebrates women in positions of leadership.’

So how did Jenny accomplish so much at such a young age – and how can you follow suit? It certainly wasn’t easy – but she insists it is doable.

Read more of this ‘Marie Claire’  article here…


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