A CRAFT store hosted a high patron of the city council as part of a visit to businesses in the region.
Bumble & Yarn is a family owned business in Halstead that sells acrylic and natural fiber yarns, fabrics, craft supplies and haberdashery.
Owner Emma Valentine also runs knitting, crochet and sewing classes, baby groups and exercise classes for the elderly in the Dot & Betty tea room.
Braintree Board Chair Sue Wilson visited Bumble & Yarn as part of their Rural Business Tour.
During the visit, Ms. Wilson and Danielle Putt, Economic Development Officer, toured the store and were introduced to staff.
Bumble and Yarn and its members are currently knitting 50 blankets to put in Winter Warmth bags for the elderly.
As the company looks for ways to grow, the two sides discussed available grant programs and mentoring and training opportunities.
They also explored ways the store could expand its market through Click It Local, an online initiative that supports local independent businesses.
The council says businesses can sign up for Click It Local for free through a cash support package put in place by Braintree District Council and other local authorities in the region *.
The broader objective of the tour is to identify ways to develop and support businesses and the local economy.
Braintree District Council President Councilor Sue Wilson said: “I really enjoyed learning more about the story behind what inspired this unique boutique which not only provides yarn, but also plays a vital role. to bring people together in this community.
“It’s nice to see skills like knitting and crochet come to life in such a wonderful way.
“Hands-on activities like these can help keep a person’s mind in the moment, which is good for both body and mind. ”
Emma Valentine added, “Our community of craftspeople has grown from strength to strength and the challenges our team and clients overcame during the pandemic are a testament to the beating and buzzing heart of our happy hive.”