With the help of NBV’s Ready for Business Programme many people within the East Midlands are revisiting old dreams and starting their own business. One such visionary is Lisa Hall; owner and designer at East View Designs.
Based in Newark, Nottinghamshire, Lisa enlisted our help in order to start her own wedding and event stationary business.
“From a young age I have always enjoyed art and design,” Lisa explains. “Previously I had always worked in admin, but when my daughter Bethany was born in 2006 I decided to go to college to pursue my passion and gain a qualification in design.”
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Completing BTEC National Diploma in Graphic Design at Newark College, Lisa earned a triple distinction qualification.
“Because I had always dabbled in making invitations for friends and family I decided to pursue this and make a living out of it, and that’s how East View Designs began.”
Finding out about the services on offer though her local Job Centre, Lisa attended NBV’s Business Start-up Seminar held at their offices in New Basford, Nottingham.
“It was very useful to share ideas and ask questions.” Lisa tells us. “It motivated me and I really enjoyed meeting other like-minded people.”
She went on to arrange one-to-one support with an NBV Business Advisor, who helped her through the key stages of the programme through to post start-up. Now Lisa is living her dream of a fulfilling creative career. Crafting items for special occasions, Lisa’s portfolio of designs range from greeting cards and gift boxes, to sweet trees and personalised frame prints.
“The support and guidance I received from NBV has been extremely helpful,” she continues. “It can be quite daunting when going self-employed, and it was reassuring to know that NBV were there to support me with the various things I wanted and needed to know.”As her own boss, Lisa is now able to manage her work and family commitments spending more time with her young daughter. Also, being a creative enterprise, she enjoys the variety of her role. Initially, she set out to exclusively design wedding stationary, however, over time her business idea has developed.
“I love the randomness of what I do and never get bored! I started off wanting to design and make wedding stationery and in such a short space of time this has developed into this and so much more.”
East View Designs has been trading since April 2013, and is already showing signs of blossoming into a successful enterprise. Her company has made it through to the Top 10 Finalists in the Wedding Stationery category of the hitched.co.uk, 2013, Breakthrough Awards.
“The support I have received my customers, friends and family has been amazing,” Lisa beams. “The winner will be announced on 7th November 2013 so watch this space!”
To find out more about East View Designs visit: www.eastviewdesigns.co.uk
If you would like to follow in Lisa’s footsteps and start your own business contact the NBV on: 0844 887 2568 or visit: www.nbv.co.uk