Passion now a business for Victoria

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A textile designer from Blyth has weaved her passion for fabrics in to a new business.

With help from TEDCO and its Ready for Business programme, as well as Virgin StartUp, textile design graduate Victoria Graham has set up her own business, Millsabelle, offering custom made fabrics and soft furnishings to both retailers and consumers.

Victoria received help from TEDCO business support and its investment readiness programme Ready for Business, which included practical start-up advice and helped her secure a small low-cost loan and a dedicated business mentor through its partnership with Virgin.

Victoria said: “I have always loved weaving and creating my own fabrics so when I had the opportunity to acquire my own loom, it made perfect sense to take my passion one step further and turn it in to a business.”

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Victoria added: “Textiles play a huge part in interior and fashion design and people are often looking for specific colours and shades that can be difficult to find off the shelf.

“As I weave my own fabrics I am able to create any design and colour to match existing items.”