1994 - Elizabeth Chantree (Juniper Berry)
The 1994 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (South East) was won by Elizabeth Chantree and her business Juniper Berry.
Elizabeth’s entrepreneurial prowess began in 1992 when she set up Juniper Berry, a business that sold hand-made glassware to shops and art galleries across Britain. For eight years Elizabeth successfully ran Juniper Berry while simultaneously working on a solution to an age-old problem that has baffled women for years – how to stop a ladder running in tights and stockings.
In 2000, Runaway Spray, Elizabeth’s innovative product that helps women prevent further running in stockings and tights, was launched through her company JWPD with global success. This global success led Elizabeth to be named one of the UK’s top female inventors in February 2000 in an annual award ceremony run by the
Patent Office and Fair Play London. Runaway Spray sold 100,000 units in its first year in the UK, Japan, France and Germany. Today the product is sold in chains of shops, small independent websites and gift catalogues.
Due to the success of the spray, Elizabeth ceased trading Juniper Berry to concentrate on expanding JWPD. Today, the 35-year-old runs a wholesale business, produces catalogues, and is involved in The Spanish Index, a listing website and catalogue for people looking for services in Spain. The Spanish Index currently gets over 200,000 hits per month.
Not forgetting her artistic routes, Elizabeth still continues to take commissions and exhibit her artwork throughout the UK.
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