From Passion to Profit
I featured in Claire Hughes' book "From Passion to Profit", a step by step guide to starting a creative business in six weeks or less. In the case study I share my story of how I started my alternative embroidery business, the challenges I've faced over the years and my top tips for starting a creative business of your own.
Intuit QuickBooks UK Award
I was one of the winners of a national competition that awarded British start-ups and local business owners a total of £20,000 of funding as a reward for outstanding business pitches, concepts and goods.
The competition received more than 1,000 entries and over 66,500 votes for the participating businesses, clocking up a total of 280,000 visits to the site during the competition.
It was noted by the judges that my "entry was specific, inspiring and received a lot of votes from the community thanks to [her] activity on social media".
I've been featured numerous times in the UK's best selling sewing magazine "Sew" with my quirky embroidered gifts and recently in their "My stash secret" column where I talk about one of my favourite machines in my collection.
One of my tweets to them was also featured when the TV show Great British Sewing Bee was on air.
Theo Paphitis Award
Small Business Sunday, shortened to the hashtag #SBS on Twitter, was created by Theo Paphitis in October 2010. Theo is best known for appearing on Dragons' Den on BBC Two. He is Chairman of Ryman Stationery plus Boux Avenue lingerie, Robert Dyas and London Graphic Centre.
Read the online Warrington Guardian article about my win here.
Kirstie Allsopp's Handmade 100
As part of the celebrations for The Handmade Fair a competition was launched to discover the most influential crafters.
I placed 30 out of 100 and it was a great honour to be featured in the #Handmade100 list of Twitter’s top 100 crafters as voted for by the public.