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Updated: Jan 30

North-west-based Megan Jones won the Young Innovators Award 2020/21 with her innovative ambition of curating local groups of micro-businesses and helping them access the UK’s biggest high-street chains.

Megan Jones stood outside the window display of a Made Local Pop-Up.

Megan secured the award from Innovate UK and The Prince’s Trust when her business Curated Makers was focused around a physical retail outlet, trying to stay in business during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past year, with the funding from Innovate UK and the wider support programme delivered by Innovate UK EDGE and Innovate UK KTN, she has experienced a rapid expansion – running successful pop-ups in established chains and opening two of her own shops.

Innovate UK speaks to Megan to find out what the next steps for the business are, how the UK Government’s Kickstart scheme has also helped support the business and future innovations to come!


The Young Innovators Programme

The Young Innovators programme, which includes annual awards for young people with creative and ground-breaking business ideas and a high-profile #IdeasMeanBusiness campaign, is all part of Innovate UK’s commitment to changing the world by investing in young people with big environmental, societal and economic ambitions.

You can find out more here.

A quote from founder, Megan Jones


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