Royal appointment for jewellery design star

Sheffield jewellery maker Jessica Flinn with Patrick Stewart at the Duke of York awards
Sheffield jewellery maker Jessica Flinn with Patrick Stewart at the Duke of York awards
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Sheffield jewellery designer and manufacturer Jessica Flinn has been recognised as one of Yorkshire’s top young entrepreneurs.

Huddersfield University’s 3M Buckley Innovation Centre played host to the first ceremony for the new Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Awards.

Jessica, who is 24 and has her own design studio in Sheffield’s historic Kelham Island Industrial Quarter, was nominated by Sheffield Hallam University, where she studied for her degree in metalwork and jewellery.

Prince Andrew presented Jessica and other finalists – all Yorkshire student and graduate entrepreneurs - with their awards, while there was also an opportunity to meet Hollywood star Sir Patrick Stewart, Huddersfield University chancellor.

Jessica, who launched Jessica Flinn Design in 2011, said: “It was an extraordinary day and one that I still can’t believe.

“So much has happened in the past two years and this award proves to me that all the hard work has been worth it.”