Celebration of Isle of Wight achievement

By a County Press reporter

Published on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 08:59


Celebration of Isle of Wight achievement

Jade Anderson, Raven Lyness, Anna Lancaster and Chris Philpott at the celebration of Isle of Wight achievement. Picture courtesy of Isle of Wight Council.

A CELEBRATION of achievement, hosted at Osborne House and attended by Princess Beatrice, was held this week.

The event, organised by Lord Lieutenant Maj Gen Martin White, brought together people working in a host of different industries.

From DJ and Bestival curator Rob da Bank to Isle of Wight Cheese cheesemaker Richard Hodgson, it was an opportunity to celebrate Island-based entrepreneurs.

Among the guests were four young adults who have been helped by the Isle of Wight Council to start their own businesses.

Anna Lancaster, 23, a personal trainer, and Chris Philpott, 21, a magician and illusionist, were supported by the council's Islework scheme while Raven Lyness, 22, who is setting up a music agency, and Jade Anderson, 20, an online fashion designer, were given help through GetStarted, a joint project with the council and Shanklin Rotary Club.

Raven, who has started to set up Touchwire after graduating with a degree in music journalism, said: "The help I’m receiving through GetStarted is invaluable, I’m really excited about launching my new business later this year."

Jade, who is creating her own online fashion business, said: "It was a privilege to meet Princess Beatrice and talk to her about my passion for fashion.

"It was great to meet other people at the event who have realised their dreams of starting their own businesses."


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