Firm to rescue for Leeds fashion pioneer

A PROMISING fashion designer who is already making waves with her unique recycled range of clothes has been given a helping hand by a local housing developer.

Lizzie Harrison runs her Re-Made in Leeds sustainable fashion project from a studio in Hyde Park.

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But the 26-year old entrepreneur - who was recently short-listed for a national ethical business award - was left with a half-finished shell of a studio after the construction company which was finishing it went

into administration.

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That's when the team at Lovell - a west Leeds-based property maintenance firm - came to the rescue and finished off the work for free.

The firm, based at the City West Office Park, installed new radiators, a replacement boiler and industrial flooring.

The transformation allows Lizzie to sell more clothing, take on bigger contracts and provide a better working environment for her team.

"I'm so excited about having a fantastic space to establish my business as a hub of the local community," Lizzie said.

"I couldn't have got to where I am now without all the support from Sharing the Success and its partners including Leeds Ahead, Lovell and

the Milun Centre."

The Milun Centre – a community centre set up by Sharing the Success, the Leeds LEGI (Local Enterprise Growth Initiative) scheme - helped

Lizzie develop her business and put her in touch with the Lovell team and other experts.

Lovell regional director Noel Adams said: "When we heard what had happened to Lizzie, we were only too happy to help out. We wish Lizzie every success with her business and hope that she enjoys her refurbished workspace."

Simon Brereton, programme manager at Sharing the Success, added: "It's great to see the results of the Sharing the Success partners working together and offering continued support the businesses they've helped set up.

"ReMade is a great example of a social enterprise."

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