£50,000 boost for local craft business

£50,000 boost for local craft business

A North East craft business is thriving after receiving £50,000 support from the Business Enterprise Fund (BEF) to help with the purchase of new technology.

Craft Yourself Silly, based in North Shields,  creates and sells a wide range of craft packs, including weaving, felting and sewing kits.

Founder and champion of crafts Hayley Smith opened the business in 2013 and employs 7 people. She also appears with her products on telesales channel Hochanda.

After seeing a surge in demand, Hayley made the move to invest in a one of a kind digital fabric printer, that can print complex designs onto cotton.

“Our clients are always after the latest products and demand high quality” said Hayley. “We’re now some of the only people who can print on higher quality materials, so it’s a great opportunity.”

BEF investment manager Ian Thompson, who assisted with the loan, said: “Hayley is really passionate about the business, which comes across on her television appearances! It’s also clear they work well as a team, which is key.”


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