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Creative partners plan for new markets

Ongoing support from Derbyshire Chamber and Business Link is helping two enterprising Peak District women to expand their stationery design business beyond their wildest dreams.

Partners Angela Taylor and Judith Hadfield, of Whesthill Design, based at Wheston, near Tideswell, originally set out to sell their hand-crafted stationery at craft fairs, making enough profit to cover the cost of ink and paper.

But since they launched their imaginative venture in 2002, their quality, individually-designed products have proved so popular that their profits have doubled each year and they could soon be creating part-time jobs to cope with growing demand.

Thanks to a grant through the Peak-based Leader Plus Scheme – secured through the Chamber and Business Link’s women’s enterprise co-ordinator Sue Scholes - Angela and Judith are setting up a website to promote the wide range of services they offer. They are also having a roller banner and display shelving made to showcase their work at forthcoming events – such as the Living Edge Wedding Fair at the Lowry Hotel, Manchester on March 6 and a bridal fair at the Palace Hotel, Buxton on March 13.

“We started off on a small scale, but word soon spread and things have taken off to the extent that we are at the stage where we have to invest in new equipment and marketing tools to take the business forward,” explained Judith.

“It’s good to know we have the continuing support of Derbyshire Chamber and Business Link as we tackle our latest challenge.”High Peak-based business adviser Roger Yorke – who gave the women initial start-up advice – has kept in touch as the business has grown, and Angela and Judith have done courses in marketing and accounting to boost their professional skills.

For more information about Whesthill Design, contact 01298 871907, and to find out how Derbyshire Chamber and Business Link could help your business achieve even greater success, ring 01457 851443.