Sewing-mad mum sees business success after setting up shop

Shop assistant Claire Riley at the Little Button Company. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Shop assistant Claire Riley at the Little Button Company. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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A PASSION for sewing has turned into a full-blown career for mum-of-two Kim Woodcock.

The 30-year-old from Wakefield took up the hobby whilst on maternity leave, often sewing and creating cushion covers from her kitchen table at home.

But now, just a few years later, Kim has her very own shop in the Grand Arcade.

The shop, which is called The Little Button Company, is near the Grand Theatre in Leeds and sells items like gifts, cushions, teatowels and tablecloths.

“It started off just with me sitting at the kitchen table sewing,” Kim explains.

“Now we sell lampshades, aprons, tea towels and more.”

Originally working with The Handmade Collective at Handpicked Hall, Kim felt at home working alongside other independent businesses.

When Handpicked Hall closed and Kim spotted the perfect site for her shop in the Grand Arcade, she seized the opportunity.

“The Grand Arcade is a very friendly community,” she said. “All the shop owners know each other and get along.” Speaking about her reasons for setting up at the Grand Arcade, Kim added: “It is something different really to the normal high street shops.”

Kim also has a small workshop and adjoining shop in Ossett, which opened for business in January.

For more about The Little Button Company, visit the website at:

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