SURFING students who built a successful jewellery company from recycled glass found on Cornwall’s beaches have launched a new charity collection.
The girls at Zennor Glass have also given women in the region a platform to share their inspiring stories, encouraging them to become ‘Zennor Babes’ and spread the word about their unique, hand-crafted products.
Holly Fowler, Lennie Jones and Ming Dawe are third year Entrepreneurship students at Falmouth Business School and made waves earlier this year by launching a range of earrings, necklaces and custom pieces sculpted from glass found on beaches along the south coast.
As well as cleaning up the seaside and organising a series of conservation events, they are now giving back to worthwhile causes and community groups across the county and beyond.
With customers from as far away as the United States buying their items, the world is literally their oyster.
“Business is growing and we’ve had a brilliant summer, which was helped by the incredible weather we enjoyed earlier in the season,” said Holly.
“That included sales at the University graduation ceremony and other events we’ve attended, as well as a big push online, which has brought interest from all over.”
She added: “Of course we will continue with our regular beach clean-up days but we have decided to do even more for local charities that mean something to us.
“We will be choosing a different appeal or organisation every few months and donating some of the profits from our new-look range of necklaces to them, so more sales means we can do even more to help.
“It’s a small gesture but we are still a relatively new company and all three of us are still university students – we plan to do even more in the future.”
Among the team’s biggest supporters is Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton, who congratulated them on their success.
“She sent us a letter and was very kind, encouraging us to keep working hard to help keep the beaches clean,” said Lennie.
“We will have to get her to pose with some jewellery so she can be one of our Zennor Babes! That’s also proven popular with ladies and girls of all ages sending us photos of them wearing our jewellery, writing blogs and encouraging other women with their amazing and inspiring stories.”
Ming added: “We hope this will continue to grow as we do, so we can become a more positive influence in the way we keep our beaches clean.”
Professor Chris Archer-Brown, the new Director of Falmouth Business School, is immensely proud of their achievements and attitude, not only to entrepreneurship but to their surroundings.
“The message they are sending out is so positive, that you can grow a company from nothing and build it successfully while having a real impact on the world around you,” he said.
“They are a credit to the University and we wish them well with the company as they continue their studies with us and begin this next chapter in business, supporting charities and exploring new ways to help the environment.”
For more, visit www.falmouth.ac.uk/falmouth-business-school
Check out the Zennor Glass website here: www.zennorglass.com