Bluebells Vintage: Katie Newey
Katie first came to enterpriseGY for advice in January 2014. At that point Katie had some ideas of what she would like to do but was unsure how to get started. After her initial conversation with her business advisor, Guy Gibson, Katie attended a free business planning course in the Novus Building. This course lead to Katie focussing on “lovingly upcycled shabby chic” as the way forward and the core of her future business.
Bluebells Vintage was formed in April 2014 and will soon be celebrating its first anniversary. They concentrate on supplying bespoke and individual pieces of furniture through a variety of outlets, including online via a website, Twitter and Facebook: http://www.bluebellsvintage.co.uk/, @bluebellsvintag & https://www.facebook.com/Bluebellsvintage. Katie has grown the business by constantly looking for the best route to market. This is shown in her use of outlets such as Holly Garden Nurseries country craft markets where she sells her furniture throughout the year. Recently Bluebells Vintage also joined the Remade in Britain website, http://www.remadeinbritain.com/, as a remade retailer extending their market to truly national proportions.
When asked how enterpriseGY had helped Katie explained that:
“It hasn’t been easy and I’ve certainly had my moments of doubt but I’m proud to still be trading and doing what I love. I was grateful that there was somewhere like enterpriseGY to help me when I started and it is comforting to know that they are still there should I need them again. “
She went on to say:
“Our recent inclusion in the massively influential Great Home Hack held at Fulham Palace and curated by Channel 4’s Max McMurdo represents a major step forward for the business and our profile. Sponsored by Brancott Estate vineyard the event showcased the best businesses in this field. It was an amazing experience and one we trust will lead to greater things.” Katie Newey (Owner)