Lincolnshire author and gift-wrapping expert Jane Means has just received a business award from entrepreneur and Dragons Den star Theo Paphitis.
Brought up as a farmer’s daughter in Tattershall Bridge with a business based in Lincoln, Jane now has a company offering gift-wrapping courses and services, with clients including royalty, celebrities and luxury stores such Harrods, Chanel and Victoria Beckham.
She also designs ribbons which are stocked at Liberty and Fortnum and Mason amongst many other gift shops worldwide.
Jane collected the SBS award at a glittering ceremony at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.
Afterwards she said: “I was over the moon to receive this award from such a respected business magnate as Theo Paphitis, who recognised my small business in Lincolnshire.”
She added: “Much to my horror and the audience’s amusement, I had to collect my award in welly boots which I had travelled in because I’d left my high heels at home. The farming community of Lincolnshire would have been proud.”
The award capped an incredible 12 months for Jane.
It was a year in which she launched her first book, ‘Giftwrapped’, and she will be doing publicity tours later in the year to far away places such as Finland, Italy and Singapore.
She is also the face of Scotchtape, was filmed for the M&S Christmas advert and has just landed her own gift-wrapping programme and is now regularly presenting on Create and Craft TV.