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Business Graduate Receives Award from Ancient Trade Guild

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A Business graduate from the University of Worcester has received a special award from one of the City’s oldest organisations.

Rowena Simmons is the third recipient of the Clothiers Company of Worcester Charitable Foundation’s Annual Award. The Foundation was formed in 2014 with one of its objectives being to support the education of young people in Worcestershire.

The Clothiers Company is Worcester’s ancient trade guild which was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth 1 in 1590.

Rowena, from Droitwich, was chosen as the third recipient of the award, which was this year given to the Most Promising Entrepreneur.

During her Business degree, Rowena grew her successful jewellery business, Franco Florenzi, into an award-winning, global concern.

“I am so pleased, and surprised to have won this award,” she said. “It’s so lovely to get this extra recognition on top of my degree. It’s been a fantastic year, personally and professionally.”

Ian Smith, Trustee of the Clothiers’ Company Charitable Foundation and Partner of Bishop Fleming LLP, said: “One of the key planks of the Clothiers’ Company Foundation is the support for entrepreneurs; after all, the original Clothiers themselves were traders and merchants. Rowena is a real role model for young entrepreneurs with a fabulous business that she has run whilst at university and has created her own career path. I’m so impressed, I’ve done some of my Christmas shopping on her website.”