Council business programme supports fashion finalist
A dedicated seamstress who turned her hobby into a career was a finalist for a top national award, after receiving crucial support from Wakefield Council's Business Support Programme.
Julie Gromett, from Castleford launched her company Tweedy Gromett in October 2014 after appearing on the popular BBC 2 programme, the Great British Sewing Bee.
Her business, which specialises in making tailored tweed clothes was a finalist for the Rising Star award at the prestigious Bubble Children's Clothing Show in London, which recognises new talent in the fashion industry.
Julie said: "It is a fantastic to have reached the final of such a great award. But it would not have been possible to get where I am today without the professional advice I received from the Council's business support programme.
"For the first time in my working life, I feel like I am fulfilling my potential and doing something I love."
Wakefield Business Support Programme, which is funded by the Regional Development Fund, offers free support to small and medium sized businesses, start-ups and social enterprises.
Julie was given advice on how to plan her business, and through the programmes grant scheme secured funding to buy a laptop for her work, and a branded marquee for events. She also received funding via the programme, for a stand at the London trade show, which attracts international fashion buyers.
The team at the Business Support Programme offer services including advice on access to grants and funding, business growth planning and help with recruiting staff.
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills, said: "Congratulations to Julie for being a finalist for this award. Her success is a great example of how the team is able to support businesses and help them succeed in a highly competitive world."