It’s never too late to launch you own business as one Blackpool gran has proved.
Delma Dobson has turned her lifetime’s passion into an online operation business which has seen her win orders from across the globe.
“Nana’s Little Trubbles” founded with the help of Blackpool Council’s Get Started service has turned 40 years of woollen wonders into a business.
It’s been so successful that she’s had commissions for her creations from as far as Berlin and even the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific!
As recently as 12 months ago, Delma, who had to finish her job with the civil service due to health problems, was out of work and like so many other people over 50, faced the prospect of possible long-term unemployment.
But she was directed to Blackpool Council’s Get Started service – part of the Start Up Lancashire Service supported by the European Regional Development Fund – and the rest, as they say, is history.
Given the confidence to start up her own business through one-to-one advice sessions as well as Get Started’s free seminars on everything from business planning and finance to book keeping and marketing, the company is really starting to take off.
Delma, 57, said “Sometimes all you need is someone that will show belief in you, and provide a common sense approach. I have 40 years’ experience and just wanted to earn a small living, continue to enjoy my hobby, and relaxation that knitting provides me. What I did not want to be was unemployed.
“Now, as well as making things for businesses, every Wednesday a group of 10 of us meet at the wool shop on Bond Street where we knit, socialise and pass on our skills to the next generation.
“We have so much fun we are known as the Naughty Knitters!”
Coun Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for urban regeneration, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to help Delma.
“I wish her every success and urge anyone else looking to start up in business to get in touch with the Get Started team.”
Delma said the name came from years of her being known by the nickname of ‘trouble’ , a pet cat Trubble and for the fact she has knitted for her grandchildren for years. She was shown how to set up her website www.nanaslittletrubbles.co.uk and Facebook page and has not looked back.
She said: “I mostly do commission work bespoke knitting and crocheting and have been doing pieces for a knitwear designer in london.
“I have been knitting since I was 13 and I find it very therapeutic. Now I hope it will keep me in business until I’m at least 67!”