Rural women help graduate’s venture

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A BUSINESS group especially for women working in rural Derbyshire has helped launch the career of a young graduate.

Maddi Collis, of Holloway, has started a new business Beanstalk Petite selling nearly new designer children’s wear.

The 22-year-old who studied at Leeds University, was given a place on the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Scheme and is also a member of Really Wired Women Derbyshire, part of Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE) scheme.

Maddi said: “Joining this local group of WIRE has really helped me.

“Many of the members have a lot of experience and business ideas which have been really helpful to someone like myself setting out on my first venture.”

She added: “Having a group like this is really important. For me it is like having seven aunties that know things about business.”

Maddi held an event at Manor Farm in Dethick last week to get her business up and running.

She is hoping to prove her idea, of selling a range of clothes, shoes, accessories and a selection of toys, is a success to secure funding from the Prince’s Trust.

Maddi also hopes that by the time she opens her shop she will have a range of second-hand baby equipment such as cots, high chairs, travel cots and pushchairs, some of which she will also put out for hire.

The local group of WiRE recently set up by co-ordinator Rebecca Bishop, meets at Calf House, in Dethick on the first Thursday in the month.

The group welcome women in the area who are in business, new to business or thinking about going in to business.

For more information about Beanstalk Petite go to www.beanstalkpetite.co.uk