One of the perks of my job as Marketing Assistant is to visit our client base in order to write case studies on their behalf to be released to local press. It’s great to see new and existing businesses flourish with the help of the finance and support that Foundation East has provided and know that our team has played a vital role in creating and securing jobs which in turn stimulates the local community.
In the last month I have been lucky enough to speak to one of our entrepreneurs, Carly Newton from Harelston, who has opened her own stationary shop in the small town.
When the previous owners of Pen and Paper decided to retire, Carly was faced with the daunting position of having to find a new job, a situation that is happening around the country for most people.
‘Having to find a new job would have been stressful and could have put my family at risk, but buying the shop has given me the satisfaction that I would never of had elsewhere.’
With this prospect Carly saw a new pathway to not only enhance her career but also help save and continue a business which has been running successfully in Harleston since 2001.
Pen & Paper is a small traditional stationery shop based in the thoroughfare in the small market town, and it has built up a strong customer base. Carly is seeing the shop going from strength to strength.
Carly’s passion for her job is evident in her plans for the future of the shop. Make and Take days are being planned for parents and small children to come in and have a fun day with art and craft. One day she is hopeful to have an Art and Craft Department in the store and to run day courses for the local town and artists.
When we look at an application at Foundation East it is the passion and drive as demonstrated by Carly that we look for and that provides a solid base for building a plan and an application for financial support.
Chris Honeyball, Marketing and Membership Assistant