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Designer Textiles

Becka Spence, Pattern and Print UpholsteryHaving finished her degree in textile design, Becka Spence was determined to apply her creative skills commercially and decided to launch her own business: Pattern and Print Upholstery, based in Windermere.

Becka said: “I hit on the idea of combining print design with upholstery to offer clients a one-stop service. There aren’t many print designers doing that.”

She enrolled on the Business Start-up Support programme and secured a £1000 grant through the BSUS subsidy scheme towards the costs of designing a website. The scheme contributes 40% of the cost, up to a maximum of £1000, to help start-ups access consultancy services or match revenue purchases.

The best thing about the Growth Hub’s start-up programme is the one-to-one support. My adviser has been brilliant. He helped to boost my confidence and provided reassurance that I was on the right track.

She said: “Most of my customers are in London and the south of England and I’ve had a few enquiries from overseas, but I’d really love to have more clients locally. The hard part is getting known. You have to build-up trust before people become clients.

“I launched in March and the orders are really starting to roll in.”

Lesley Robinson, Start-Up and Enterprise Manager at Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, said: “Hundreds of people, like Becka, take advantage of our start-up support every year.

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“There is similar support available in your early years of trading too, which are often particularly challenging – not least, as Becka says, finding enough customers to sustain and grow your business.  We have a great team of advisers, so it makes sense to take advantage of the help that’s available.”

Get in Touch

To find out more contact Lesley Robinson at: Email: Tel: 0844 257 8450