We’ve been hibernating for some time but only because we’ve been working our knitted socks off to create our new online shop which will be opening on 24th October! We’ve got kits, wool, awesome patterns and how-to-knit tutorials, plus loads more. Like our Facebook page to stay tuned for sneak peaks and discounts for early birds.
A super excited,
Jen Chan, Co-founder of Stitch & Story
The Big Connect 2013
Represented by Somewhereto, Stitch & Story was so proud to have been given the chance tomeet HRH The Prince of Wales and showcase our business at the 2013 Big Connect event. Held every year, it is one of the biggest business connect events (around 1,000 people attended)which helps businesses in their communities to network with other charities, small/big businesses and social enterprises. The aim is to share, learn, and build powerful networks.
Among the crowd were Fujitsu, Waitrose, M&S, and The Big Lottery fund. Stitch & Story’s stand was right in between Waitrose and M&S - what a rare opportunity for a start-up biz like ours! Not only this but Stitch & Story was one of only 5 groups who got on the call sheet to meet Prince Charles - and he was particularly eager to connect us with Start, one of his campaigns to help promote sustainability!
In anticipation to the big day, we knitted a little bunny and booties for HRH to give to his grandchild - due any time now! We were so pleased that the gift was well received and he even told us to get involve with his campaign for wool! Having perfected the curtsy, one faux pas I did make was when his royal aide later came back to ask for a business card I hadn’t realise he was an aide (everyone on the day were wearing suits) and I asked him if he wanted to sign our newsletter…! Of course, he looked at me funny!
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A chuffed, Jennifer Chan (Founder and Director)
It was such an honour to have been invited to Somewhereto_’s stakeholders show on Thursday morning, including attendees from Big Lottery Fund (BIG), various business owners, companies, brands, and investors. We were given the limelight on stage through a mini Q&A session about Stitch & Story’s woolly venture and a mock-up high street was created by The Little Big Garden design team including a giant ball of yarn, spool, and needles! Other great start-up businesses who took part in the event included Pause Magazine, Something About Elizabeth, Bluebird Tea Company and The Hip Hop Orchestra (with live art work provided by young people Morgan Davy and Valery Pannetier).
The event was to showcase just some of the fantastic work Somewhereto_ have helped over the past years including supporting entrepreneurs like S&S, as well as musicians, performers and artists, by giving them a platform/space to realise their dreams. For Stitch & Story, Somewhereto_ was there for us right from the beginning when all we had was one great idea and some beautifully knitted products. By giving us free trading space at Spitalfields Market, we were able to test our business idea and gain real customer feedback before jumping headlong into business. This subsequently gave us the confidence to turn our passion for knitting into a real business plan. We then began successfully selling through different channels including online on Etsy, Things British in Carnaby Street, as well as knitting personalised commissions via our Facebook fan page, and holding knitting classes! The ongoing support and encouragement from Somewhereto_ was so important to making all this happen, especially in today’s current economic climate.
Jen & Jennifer,
co-Founders of Stitch & Story
For the full article about the event and about Somewhereto_, click here.