By Philip Sedgwick

AFTER starting-up in business only two years ago, an author and entrepreneur has been joined in a new venture by her mother.

Having launched herself into the world of business while still a teenager, Hannah Russell, 20, from Leyburn, is already a successful author and businesswoman. Now along with her mother Sharon, they have opened a combined shop and office premises.

Two years ago, Hannah launched her Little Alf series of books based on the adventures of the diminutive but lovable Shetland pony. She has since branched out with a clothing range, gifts and a magazine.

She explained: "I found I needed somewhere for my stock. Although most of my business is online, I do sell things locally and with Leyburn being a tourist town I’m sure we’ll get lots of visitors."

The premises in Golden Lion Yard will be shared with her mother Sharon, who last year started selling her quirky paintings of cows.

Sharon said: "I have painted cows for some time now and took some to the Wensleydale Show last year and there was quite a bit of interest.

"With Hannah’s encouragement and help, I set up a website and social media. Now I sell quite a few paintings, so I thought I would join Hannah at the shop. It’s quite exciting for us both."

Ms Russell was previously national runner-up for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year. She actively supports Riding for the Disabled. Several weeks ago having received an invitation to meet Princess Anne at Catterick Saddle Club, her pet pony seriously breached royal protocol by snatching her medal from the regal grasp.