Firms get rural help

Bags of Appeal: Alison Stefan of Birchover, creator and founder of The Ginger Chicken range of handmade bags, cushions and tea cosies, was just one of many crafts people at the Live and Work Rural event at Bakewell Town Hall.
Bags of Appeal: Alison Stefan of Birchover, creator and founder of The Ginger Chicken range of handmade bags, cushions and tea cosies, was just one of many crafts people at the Live and Work Rural event at Bakewell Town Hall.

Small businesses from all over the Dales came together for a business event in Bakewell last week.

Dozens of small firms came to Bakewell Town Hall on Tuesday, May 10, for the Live and Work Rural event, where they swapped business tips and forged new relationships with buyers.

Organiser Jane Carter said the event had been a great success.

She said: “We had a meet-the-buyers event, where we had about 50 people, including arts and crafts businesses.

“It was a workshop for all the people who work at home who need an outlet to meet buyers.”

Annie Maudling, of Tissington, based On A Wick and A Prayer showed off her range of handcrafted candles, while Alison Stefan, of Birchover, creator and founder of The Ginger Chicken range of hand-made bags, cushions and tea cosies, was exhibiting her wares.

Dean Goodings, of Wye Needlecraft, in Bakewell, was also in attendance with a selection of his embroidery work.