Cariad - new gift shop
The opening of an independent shop selling jewellery and gifts has provided a boost to the local economy of a Welsh market town in the midst of the recession. 'Cariad', established by local jewellery designer and budding entrepreneur Cariad Loughlin, has recently started trading in Llanrwst, North Wales. The shop opened its doors in April and has already been doing a bustling trade, proving popular with both locals and visitors to the area. Talking about her new venture, Cariad said: "I've always wanted to open a shop of my own and when I finally got the chance, I grabbed it with both hands. I'm looking forward to making the business grow and plan on launching an online retail store when I've settled into the business." As well as selling a range of jewellery designed and made by Cariad, the petite shop also stocks a range of carefully selected, colourful and affordable gifts for the home. Further information T: +44 (0)1492 642 538, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new shop has recently opened in St Benedict's, Norwich's bustling artists' quarter. Arts Desire, the creation of Norwich artist and designer Kay Spalding, offers craft workshops and a gallery space for up-and-coming local artists. The shop also stocks tastefully selected gifts, jewellery and homewares, much of which is hand-made in Norfolk. It's been something Kay, who studied at Yarmouth College of Art, has been wanting to do for several years and now with her three children growing up, she's found the time and location to go for it.
Young entrepreneur fights back
An out of work graduate from Oundle, Northamptonshire, has decided to fight back against unemployment and set up a pioneering website selling quality, ethically sourced, handmade craft, with help from The Princes Trust. Rebecca Holder aged 25, launched The Emporium Oundle from her home last autumn, after spending months unemployed despite graduating from Coventry University with a first class BA (Hons) degree in illustration and animation. Fed up with no income and no job prospects, she successfully applied for a £250 "Will it work?" grant from the Princes Trust in December. Then, spurred on by her success, she acquired a £2000 loan from the organisation in March and will receive another £1500 in September to help her push the new business forward.
Rebecca said: "The first challenge I faced was signing up fellow graduates, friends and neighbours to create an array of handmade merchandise that I could sell on my website. But with so many young people unable to find work at the moment, I soon found willing suppliers to work with me."
In no time at all, the young entrepreneur has built up a loyal customer base and now sells all kinds of high quality crafts - from soaps made from garden herbs through to candles, bags, stationery, jewellery and many other unusual, quality gift items. "We want to make a positive contribution to the UK economy and society, and what better way to do so than to create the next generation of UK businesses?" added Rebecca. Visit the website at: www.theemporiumoundle.com.
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