Glittering prize for jewellery designer

Tracey McSporran
Tracey McSporran

A YOUNG Cupar jewellery designer has proved herself to be a shining example to other entrepreneurs by scooping a prestigious business award.

Tracey McSporran (27) was named Best Newcomer in the DD ONE Dundee City Centre Retail Awards in recognition of her business Neo Design, a stylish shop in Dundee’s Whitehall Crescent that showcases the work of contemporary jewellers.

Now in their seventh year, the awards are held to celebrate excellence, innovation and development within Dundee’s retail and leisure sectors.

Tracey’s was one of 20 city centre stores, businesses and eateries shorlisted in eight retail categories.

Originally from Auchtermuchty but now living in Cupar, Tracey is a former pupil of Bell Baxter High School.

She studied Art and Design at Adam Smith College from 2001-2003 before moving to Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art between 2003 and 2006, graduating with an honours degree in jewellery and metalwork.

Tracey said: “I always knew I would like to have my own business and in 2009 I approached the Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust, who supported me in my new business venture.

“After lots of planning and many business hurdles Neo Design finally opened in December 2010.

“This award has given the business a significant boost and the future is looking very promising.”

As well as winning the Best Newcomer award, Tracey was also nominated in the Best Retailer category.