Natalie Uff, a Wiltshire business woman and mum launched her business, Oh Sew Wonderful, in 2014. Natalie makes lovingly crafted, bespoke bags and accessories which can be made in a range of beautiful fabrics. The bespoke service that Oh Sew Wonderful provides has proved popular and the business has gained a steady following on Facebook (Oh Sew Wonderful), Twitter (@ohsewwonderful) and Instagram (@ohsewwonderful) with many return customers since the business launched.
In September 2014 Natalie entered ‘Start-Up September’, an initiative launched by The Business Exchange Swindon & Wiltshire to mark the first anniversary of The Business Exchange magazine. Natalie was thrilled with the prizes that she won. Prizes included a logo design (from The Front Room Marketing & Design), business advice (from Debbie Peplar at Peptalk) and legal advice (from Mark Lello, Partner at Parker Bullen, LLP).
Natalie said: “As a start-up business I had no budget for marketing and advice so I was extremely grateful for the prizes provided by The Business Exchange. They have really helped to shape Oh Sew Wonderful. My business looks fantastic with a professional logo. It has enabled me to purchase business cards and logo stickers as well as sew-in fabric labels which I have incorporated into my designs giving a designer finish to my pieces. The business advice I received from Debbie Peplar was fantastic, her professional approach put me at ease immediately and she gave me some essential business contacts. When I started my business I was not aware of all the legalities of running a business and Mark Lello gave me some extremely useful advice.”
Natalie added: “July marks the first anniversary of the launch of Oh Sew Wonderful and I am excited about what the future holds for my business.”
TBE will return with the second Start-up September Competition this Autumn. New businesses in Wiltshire should watch this space for announcements of this year’s prizes to be won to aid their start-up firm. Prizes will be won everyday from September 1-30 2015.