National award for mum and student

From left, Adam Chaplin, 17, Cllr Jennie Brent, Unloc managing director Hayden Taylor, Portsmouth College principal Steve Frampton, vice chairman of governors David Carpenter, city council leader Donna Jones and Annie Pannell 
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A MUM-OF-THREE and university student has won a national business award.

Charlie Reilly, who gave up a successful career to look after her disabled son and study for her degree, took home first prize at the Networking Mummies Small Business of the Year awards.

Charlie’s business – The Reilly Enterprise Ltd – started life in 2012 as Kid’s Party Mascots, supplying children’s characters and entertainment to parties, corporate and charity events.

She developed her enterprise skills at the University of Portsmouth by attending several business development programmes through the university’s Purple Door.

She said: ‘We are over the moon to have won.

‘The business is booming.

‘We’re eight months ahead of where we expected to be and in the last year we’ve supported local fundraisers in raising an estimated £200,000.

‘People seem to appreciate what we do and for me personally it’s gratifying to feel like I’m helping my local community and tackle social issues.’

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