Prescotian Could Be Merseyside’s Woman of the Year

By on Thursday, May 9, 2013

Merseyside Women of the Year Louise GillespieAn entrepreneur from Prescot has reached the final of Merseyside’s Women of the Year competition.

Louise Gillespie, owner of Jessies Jewels, was nominated for her strong vision and her determination to overcome obstacle after obstacle to establish a successful business.

In 2010, Louise’s daughter, Jess, was in her final year of secondary school. After an expensive divorce, reduced maintenance payments and no salary increase for four years, Louise fought back to give her daughter a better chance in life.


“The purpose was to provide Jess with a part-time job during her A-levels, teach her about business and give me a whole new challenge,” Louise told Prescot Online. “Mission accomplished.”

Eighteen-year-old Jess is now nearing the end of her A-levels and is financially self-sufficient. Mother and daughter are proud to share a rapidly expanding costume jewellery business.

“I continue to work four days a week in my role as practice manager at Mackrell & Thomas while developing Jessies Jewels,” Louise added.

In three years, she has gone from selling at small events to having almost 30 concessions, and she’s used her success to support other local businesses and charities.

The Merseyside Women of the Year competition is an initiative of Women in Business, and voting takes place through the Liverpool Daily Post website.

Ms Gillespie joins 22 other women from across the region in the contest to scoop top honours. You can read more about Louise and the other finalists before casting your vote here.

Voting closes at midnight on Friday 7 June 2013.


  1. Jacquie

    Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Done…good luck.

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