After a successful first week of this year’s Small Business Local Buzz competition, in which 222 small businesses entered in the first 24 hours, the first winner has now been announced.
Congratulations to Sewfie from Brighton for being our first winner of £1,000!
Two years ago Sofie set up her business Sewfie, which designs, makes and sells crochet kits and patterns, with nothing but a crochet hook and the last of her student loan.
Sofie told us, ‘I’m amazed! When I opened the email, it was a ‘who, me?!’ moment. Considering the calibre of some of the other entrants, I’m a bit overwhelmed!’
Her ultimate aspiration is to have an online British yarn shop – a dream that, until she entered Small Business Local Buzz seemed a long way away.
Sofie’s intention with Sewfie is to make learning the art of crochet as a new hobby easy and accessible, ‘Hobbies are becoming more of a necessity in a world obsessed with work, technology and speed.
Once the customer has received their hand picked and packed order, Sofie makes herself available on email or social media to motivate and help troubleshoot the product. She admits herself that she stumbled across crochet around revision time at university, and ever since set her sights on running her own business.
Her best piece of business advice? Don’t be afraid of spreadsheets and numbers. If the business is there to generate a profit, she insists that an entrepreneur owes it to their business to make sure it’s all under control:
‘Your business is there to generate a profit, and you owe it to your business to make sure it’s all running smoothly on a basic number level. If it’s not running smoothly, they you know you need to take action!’
She intends to use the prize money to make her first big wholesale orders with a few different British spinners and dyers, so that she can kick-start her online yarn shop launch with a good amount of stock.
Why don’t you visit Sewfie – you never know crocheting may be just right for you or someone you know.