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Wiltshire businesswomen raise £1,000 at anniversary bash

Written by Peter Davison on .

Lis McDermott and Fiona Scott with Paul MartinLis McDermott and Fiona Scott with Paul MartinTwo Wiltshire entrepreneurs have raised more than £1,000 for charity to celebrate ten years in business.

Lis McDermott, of Lis McDermott Photography and Fiona Scott, of Fiona Scott Media Consultancy, are both celebrating a decade of running their own businesses during 2018.

In celebration they had a business birthday bash on Friday in Swindon to celebrate and welcomed guest speaker Paul Martin, presenter of the day-time BBC show Flog It! and a regular on Countryfile Diaries.

Paul shared his story from Pinewood Studios, to running his own business in Marlborough, through to working as a television presenter on Flog It! and other programmes for the last 18 years.

Fiona said: "Last year Lis and I were talking - as we work together often - and realised we'd both started our businesses in 2008 although we didn't know each other then.

"I was on the verge of being made redundant and Lis had decided to follow her passion for photography after a career in music and education.

"We decided to mark the occasion to give something back to the community which has supported us."

Lis said: "Of 100 small businesses which start in any year, only a handful will exist ten years later. It's hard to run your own business - large or small - and celebrating the milestones can be inspirational both personally and professionally. We are so grateful to everyone who supported us in any way."

To celebrate, 50 clients and friends joined them at the DoubleTree Hilton in Swindon last week (May 11) to raise money for their chosen charitable projects.

Fiona chose Ainslie's Pavilion Project, in memory of her friend Ainslie Duffell who died from breast cancer. Funds are being raised to build a new pavilion at Purton Cricket Club in her memory.

Lis chose Swindon 105.5, the town's community radio station which provides a positive radio service to the town as well as training opportunities for young people and those who physical and mental challenges.

Guests at Lis and Fiona's event donated to the charity in a raffle, a small auction and also thorough ticket sales raising a total of £1,137 which will be divided equally between the two charitable projects.