An example to follow

An example to follow

Blackpool-based Skribbies is being showcased as an example to follow after being included in an official government exhibition promoting the work of Growth Hub’s across the UK.

Entrepreneur Jennifer Duthie launched the Skribbies range of trainers back in Summer 2013 after receiving support from Boost Business Lancashire.

The idea was to create a range of children’s trainers with a special surface, similar to a whiteboard, which can be customised with magic pens and stickers.

Three years down the line and the shoes are now being sold through its website and via footwear retailers and distributors in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

Boost Business Lancashire - the growth hub led by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) – helped Duthie develop her idea by providing free business advice sessions, business coaching, mentoring and financial help.

Jennifer is now being showcased as a resounding success story for Growth Hub’s across the country as one of four entrepreneurs invited to showcase their products in the Spotlight on Growth Hubs exhibition in London, as part of ‘Growth Hub Week’, which started on Monday.

Duthie said: "The support from Boost was incredible. It really honed my focus on critical aspects of my business and the interaction with other start-up stage entrepreneurs was particularly insightful.

“Skribbies has really taken off and is going from strength to strength. We are looking forward to further growth in the coming months."

Mike Blackburn, chair of Lancashire LEP’s Business Support Programme Board, added: “I am delighted that the work of the LEP and Boost in the field of business support is now achieving national recognition.

“Encouraging business growth is a key strand of our ambitious, strategic programme to transform Lancashire’s economy over the next decade, fuel substantial economic growth and create thousands of new jobs in Lancashire.

“We have introduced a number of innovative initiatives to help local enterprises succeed and Boost is one of the most important and effective. Over the next few years, it will help thousands of local businesses like Skribbies to grow and prosper.”

Since its creation in July 2013, Boost has provided advice and support to over 2,800 local businesses across Lancashire, creating around 1,200 jobs and new economic activity valued in excess of £50m.

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