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Crafted advice supports growth for needlework teacher

The Start & Grow programme has certainly helped me a lot. I would never have even thought of most of these new ideas we’ve had without it! Sandra Petty

Sandra Petty approached NBV (part of the Nwes Group) in 2015. Although she had experience of teaching sewing and crafting classes, she needed support in how to run a professional retail premises when the opportunity arose to rent a double-fronted shop with her friend and business partner, Kay.

Sandra was provided with tailored support from East Midlands advisor Mike Gibbs and has attended several workshops.

Sandra and Kay had a limited budget of just £5,000 to commit to the new business. Dedicated support from her  adviser helped Sandra to utilise this in the most effective way to refurbish the premises, while maximising their joint resources as much as possible to supply fabrics and run sewing classes.

Sandra’s business plan has provided her with a new focus and structure.  The couple have already opened a second café business (The Craftea Café) selling homemade cake, next door to their original Love Handmade premises. This has proved to be a successful marketing strategy and their customer base is growing.

Sandra plans to extend the range of stock and sewing workshops. She will also offer the premises to budding craftspeople who are eager to teach their own classes in their unique environment.

Love Handmade aims to recruit one staff member within the next year and feeling optimistic about the future thanks to the ongoing support from the Start and Grow programme.  Future plans for growth include further recruitment.

Sandra is a client of NBV (part of the Nwes Group), delivering business support programmes in the East Midlands.  Under the Start & Grow programme, Sandra received 12 hours of support and attended 2 training days.  She has invested £5,000 into the business and created 2 jobs.

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