A TEENAGER who became her own boss after becoming sick of not having a job is up for Entrepreneur of the Year.
Shannon Handyside has been put forward for the accolade in this year’s Pride of South Tyneside Awards.
The 19-year-old has her own business, Happy Handyside’s Funky Furnishings, in Frederick Street, South Shields.
Shannon, of Whiteleas, South Shields, sells vintage and retro furniture, as well as accessories, ornaments, candles, paintings, and much more.
She received five nominations for the award, which is sponsored by JML Group, a consumer products company.
Friend Lauren Howliston, who nominated her, said: “Shannon has come a long way in just a matter of months, and now owns an amazing local furniture shop.
“After overcoming many milestones herself, she is now a young successful businesswoman with a big heart and a massive smile that could brighten up anybody’s day.
“Shannon always thinks of others before herself, and has even opened her shop out for her friends to help them gain work experience – something Shannon never had so it was almost impossible to find a job without transport and at such a young age.”
Family friend Tracey Johnston also nominated Shannon. She said: “She has worked so hard to get where she is today, and continues to work hard and push through with things to the best of her ability.”
Shannon said: “I’m really shocked about being nominated, I can’t believe it.
“It would feel amazing to win the award. I haven’t stopped smiling ever since I found out I was up for it.
“Even if I don’t win, I will feel like I’ve achieved something by just being nominated.”