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Awards double for journalist who launched novelty newspaper business

A former regional journalist who launched an international company offering novelty newspaper articles for special events has won a brace of business awards.

HTFP reported in March how former Johnston Press writer Lauren Holden’s business The Occasional Reporter, which offers bespoke, framed articles and front pages for occasions such as weddings and birthdays, had taken off after receiving orders from as far afield as Australia and the USA.

Lauren, pictured, worked as a features writer and music columnist for JP titles the Lancaster Guardian and Morecambe Visitor between 2005 and 2010, and now runs her own Huddersfield-based copywriting company as well as The Occasional Reporter.

Her success with the novelty service has now seen her scoop two awards for innovation.

Lauren Holden

She has been honoured with a Shooting Stars Award, which recognises businesses in the Huddersfield area, as well as a national #WOW Award.

The #WOW, or ‘Women on Wednesday’ Award scheme is run by Jacqueline Gold, chief executive of lingerie retailer Ann Summers, to highlight the achievements of women in business.

Of her success with The Occasional Reporter, Lauren told the Guardian: “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.”