In 2010 Louise Gillespie set up as a sole trader in a business specialising in selling costume jewellery. At the outset her aim was to provide her 15 year old daughter (Jessica) with a part time job and income for the following two years when she would be studying for her “A” levels. Louise started off with a vision of how she wanted Jessie’s Jewels to trade and was not put off by any real or perceived barriers, e.g. finance, risk, lack of experience and simply “going it alone”.
Through networking and using social media sites Louise has been involved in supporting other local businesses and charities donating items from the Jessie’s Jewels collection. For the last 25 years up until April 2012 she worked full time as a Practice Manager in a law firm, during the past 2 years the brand “Jessie’s Jewels – specialists in costume jewellery” has grown from selling via small events and small jewellery parties to having almost 30 concession cabinets in hairdressers, spas, photography studios and beauty salons, with numbers still growing.