MAJOR heart surgery failed to quash the determination of an enterprising Runcorn woman.

Laura Green, aged 27, who has Downs Syndrome, launched her jewellery and accessories business called Serendipity in 2010.

Months later she was in hospital but returned to work after only one week’s recuperation.

Laura, of Eanleywood Lane, Norton, said: “I have a big passion for fashion. I was determined to make my business a success.

“I used £60 of my own money to buy stock. “ Her business is now a community interest company and she employs a personal assistant and has a work placement.

Laura travels across the country and has spoken in the House of Commons and written a book.

She said: “I am now one of the ambassadors for disabilities in the UK. I speak at events sharing my success story and inspiring people to reach out and work hard to achieve the things they want to .

“I help people to see the ability not the disability.

“Together we can all break down barriers.

Laura will have a stall at Widnes Market on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17.

The Princes Trust and Halton Speakout, which supports young people with learning difficulties, have helped her.

Laura was nominated for the Morgan Foundation Young Entrepreneur Award and beat thousands to reach the top five.

Laura added: “Anything is possible if you just believe. I am really excited for what the future holds.”

Halton Council market manager Ian Goodall said: "Laura is an inspiration. It shows what a wealth of enterprising talent we have.”