A graduate from Edlesborough has won £8,000 in the University of Hertfordshire’s annual business start-up competition, ‘flare’. The winners of the competition were revealed at an awards dinner held in the Forum Hertfordshire.
Olivia Berry, a 21-year-old photography graduate, beat off competition from more than 100 entrants to win the coveted title of Best Business for her company, Olivia Berry Photography – a bespoke photographic service, specialising in equine and events; capturing special occasions, rural sporting days, pet and equestrian portraits.
On winning, Olivia said: “Since a young age I have always dreamt of running my own business, and now combining my love for animals and passion for photography I am able to do this. Winning flare has made this all possible. I am looking forward to an exciting future and the success of Olivia Berry Photography.”
After submitting a video entry and a business plan in the first two rounds, Olivia went head to head with eight other finalists to impress the judges in a live Dragons’ Den style pitch.