Thursday, August 22, 2013

News: Young entreprenuers are part of the furniture at Parkgate

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Parkgate Shopping in Rotherham was furnished with a range of products from local enterprises at a recent showcase event organised by the park's owners and Rotherham Youth Enterprise (RYE).

Space is provided at the popular retail park for creative young people to showcase their business. Previous events featured Rotherham town centre businesses and local fashion entrepreneurs.


Furniture was the theme this time with Simon Pow and Jenny Wilson from Dreamcraft Furniture showcasing their highly original range of children's furniture.

Simon was finding life as a self-employed joiner increasingly difficult as the down turn in construction hit Gainsborough The dinosaur bed he had designed and built for his 11-year-old son had been much admired, so the couple decided to investigate the possibility of setting up their own children's bedroom furniture company.

Jenny explained: "Support however was lacking in Gainsborough, and as we had lived in Rotherham and liked the area, we decided to move. Within a short space of time we were receiving incredible support and advice from RYE, and our business has grown. We always knew that there was a demand for our designs, but being able to put our ideas into practice, and the experience of showing them in places like Parkgate Shopping has made all the difference."

The company's hand-made and bespoke designs include a pirate ship, castles, caves and even camper vans.

18 year-old Joshua Taylor also took the opportunity to showcase his business at Parkgate having joined the RYE programme several months ago. Inspired by his parents, Carolyn and David, he set up Forever Chic, and believes that there will be a healthy demand for "distressed style" French Furniture.

Darren McDool, business coach at Rotherham Youth Enterprise, said: "There is so much talent in Rotherham, and our job is to treat each aspiring business on its individual merit and encourage them to develop their talents and ideas.

"The partnership with Parkgate Shopping, who have been so supportive, is proving a particularly useful vehicle for testing their ideas and enterprise in front of the general public."

Rotherham Youth Enterprise provides self-employment support and advice for young adults in the area. Office and workshop provision is also available across the borough.

Parkgate Shopping website
Dreamcraft furniture website
Rotherham Youth Enterprise website

Images: Parkgate Shopping

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