A CHESHIRE textile designer is hoping to bring her organic range of products to city centre stores.
When Sally Greenhalgh, from Frodsham, was made redudant from her job as an embroidery designer for Marks & Spencer during the recession three years ago, she decided to put all the skills she had learned to good use.
She began creating her own environmentally friendly textile products including tea towels, door stops and cushions - made from organic cotton and wool woven in Yorkshire, calling her business Sally Belinda Designs.
Support from Business Link and the Cheshire WIRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) enabled Sally to establish contacts in rural areas of Cheshire, and after a year she was supplying to local farm and gift shops including Davenports in Northwich and Hopley House in Middlewich.
And for Sally, who lived in Chester for a number of years, the fun is just beginning:
“My range of embroidered gift products are made from as many British materials as possible, and I am always looking for more ways to run the business in a environmentally conscious manner.
“I was fortunate to come across an organic farm in St Helens that grew lavender, now used in many of my products which are all handmade by myself in Overton near Frodsham.
She added: “When I moved to Chester in 1998, I fell in love with the city and surrounding countryside, so I am now hoping to stock gift shops in Chester as well as my growing number of farm shops in the surrounding areas.
“I delivered my first order to the National Trust Cheshire property Quarry Bank Mill recently, and they have placed another order already as the products are selling so well. On the back of this success I will now be approaching more gift shops and garden centres in Chester.”