Laura up for national award

A YOUNG entrepreneur is in the running for a national award after doubling turnover at the pet fish shop she took on in 2008 – when she was just 22 years old.

Laura Fowler, 26, has already won the £500 East Midlands Young Entrepreneur Award for Victor Aquatics, which sells live fish and the equipment to keep them.

It means she is now up for the National Category Winners’ Awards this April, which could give her the opportunity to win two more awards, worth £5,000 and £4,500.

The dedicated young businesswoman is investing the £500 in double-glazing for the shop and if she wins either of the other two, she plans to spend the money on expanding the premises in the future.

Laura said: “Since I took over, I have reinvested almost everything back into the business and have already extended the shop and added an outside area.
“The other businesses that have been nominated are amazing and I can’t believe I’ve even got this far – I’m really proud.”

Organisers Streamline and the Federation Of Small Business have invited Laura to the gala event at Glaziers Hall, in London, on Thursday, April 18, where the winners will be announced.

“I’m excited but not too sure what to wear – it says dinner suit but I don’t want to be walking around London in a posh dress in the middle of the day,” she said.

Down-to-earth Laura has not let dyslexia hold her back, studying for a business qualification with the Open University while working as a PA for the director of a mobile home company.

In 2008, she took on the store and she now employs her two brothers and sister, who is currently taking a career break to have a baby.


"I'd shop here any day of the week and I'd do so with confidence. If you want to meet the friendliest, keenest bunch of staff around, then stick your head around the door"
Practical Fishkeeping Magazine, January 2013

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