When the Coronavirus pandemic hit Louise quickly realised that her business, Louise Goult Textiles, needed to diversify to generate a new income stream.
Having previously relied on face-to-face workshops and footfall to her base at Articentric in Saltburn, Louise introduced a new e-commerce website enabling her to sell online and also started selling textile kits for beginners and artists of all levels to use at home.
Louise received a Cultural Development and Innovation Fund grant from the Tees Valley Combined Authority to help introduce these changes, but she also needed more practical support and guidance to get to grips with the new digital skills she would need and to take the business forward.
Louise registered her interest in Skills for Growth, which offers impartial advice to help local SMEs access training and support to upskill employees and improve productivity.
We spoke to Louise about her experience of the Skills for Growth Programme.