A Barnsley businesswoman has come up with a crafty way to teach people traditional skills which are in danger of dying out. Lorrayne Hall has opened a new shop called Oh Sew Sweet Shop in Mapplewell, Barnsley.
Along with selling material and craft supplies both in-store and online, Lorrayne is also on a quest to bring together the community and preserve bygone hobbies which are on the decline.
Due to the fact many crafts are no longer taught in schools, Lorrayne encourages older members of the community to call in and carry out their hobby while teaching the younger generation.
Lorrayne’s shop hosts craft workshops where people can learn traditional hobbies such as patchwork, and develop their sewing techniques.
Lorrayne,received start-up advice and help from Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC). It’s her first shop and BBIC will continue to support her as the business grows.
“The support I’ve had through Smartstart at BBIC has been invaluable. It’s taught me how to set up my own business, and really focus on my core target customers for the workshops. I’m also planning to use a social media workshop to learn more about marketing my business online. The programme provided essential finance advice which has been enormously helpful when putting my business plan together.”
“BBIC is a great help when starting any business and even if you’re completely new and unsure where to go for help, their start-up programmes provide you with practical know-how and instill you with confidence to develop your business ideas.”
Since launching last year, Smartstart has assisted over 500 business enquiries and the BBIC team has seen over 290 start-up businesses at the open days – 100 of which have gone on to commence trading in Barnsley.
The Smartstart programme is managed by BBIC, in partnership with the Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.