Female entrepreneur scoops duo of award wins

Lauren Holden, owner of The Occasional Reporter

A Yorkshire-based creator of personalised gifts has won two prestigious business awards. 

The Occasional Reporter, which creates bespoke, framed newspaper articles for all occasions, has been named the latest winner of Huddersfield Town’s Shooting Stars award in association with Lucas Lee & Partners; as well as bagging a national #WOW award in a competition by Ann Summers’ Jacqueline Gold CBE.

The Occasional Reporter helps people celebrate life’s big events and celebrations. Bringing more than 13 years’ experience in journalism to her new venture, Lauren Holden, aka The Occasional Reporter, creates personalised newspaper ‘front page’ prints, which feature three articles about you or your recipient.

Lancaster-born Lauren set up in Huddersfield a few short years ago and the online gifting brand has gone on to make newspapers for customers as far away as the US and Australia.

Lauren Holden, owner of The Occasional Reporter, said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to be have been chosen by Huddersfield Town to win their monthly award and Jacqueline Gold’s weekly Twitter competition. I love writing about people and their unique stories – and these accolades will help spread the word and allow me to continue to help people relive special days and fond memories.”

Sean Jarvis, commercial director of Huddersfield Town, who presented Lauren with the Shooting Stars award, said: “It was a pleasure to meet Lauren, the work she does is to the highest quality, and it’s great she has stayed in the area after studying here at The University of Huddersfield. I look forward to seeing the personalised page she does for the club, which we may have available via the club megastore.”

Founded in 2015 by Lauren Holden, a former journalist, The Occasional Reporter initially began as a hobby to fulfil Lauren’s love of creative writing. Realising that there was a gap in the market for the innovative, 100 per cent personalised gift, the business was formed.

A completely bespoke service, the newspaper pages aim to allow consumers to treasure memories in a creative and tangible way. Featuring three separate articles and images, Lauren captures

details from a short questionnaire with up to two amendments available for recipients to ensure they are happy with the final product.

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