Inspirational pair win awards for entrepreneurship

WINNERS John and Charlie Reilly with their awards. Picture: Sarah Standing (150761-5598)
WINNERS John and Charlie Reilly with their awards. Picture: Sarah Standing (150761-5598)

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AN entrepreneurial couple have been recognised for their hard work.

John and Charlie Reilly set up their business – The Reilly Enterprise Ltd – more than two and half years ago.

The social enterprise has three main projects which help them fund their expansion.

The first was Kid’s Party Mascots, which supplies characters and entertainment to youngsters and charities.

They then launched Sweetheart Sweet Carts and Square Pegs Round Holes.

Since then they have moved into their own premises at the Crown House, Gosport and employ 35 people throughout their many businesses.

Charlie said: ‘I was at university and we could get funding for a project so we went ahead and applied and were successful.

‘I also wanted to set it up so we could have more time to look after our children.’

The enterprise now tries to help anyone who approaches them and turns their queries into projects to help others.

John was awarded with the accolade of Business Dad of the Year in March by Networking Mummies.

He said: ‘We work together really well but it is a family business which is important to me.’

The award was open to any dad running his own business who juggles family life alongside his work commitments.

Charlie added: ‘The award recognised how John has helped built the enterprise.

‘He has always been very supportive towards my ideas for new projects.’

Through studying at English literature at the University of Portsmouth Charlie developed her enterprise skills.

This was noticed by lecturers and she was nominated for several awards at the university’s Enterprise Award.

The entrepreneurial mum was awarded with two accolades – Social Enterprise Award and Student and Graduate Entrepreneurial Spirit.

She said: ‘The university have been helpful to us as we expand our business.

‘It was inspirational to be recognised in this field.’