Aysgarth artist expands business thanks to grant

An Aysgarth artist has been able to expand her business thanks to a district council grant.

Elli Sarri-Neale runs Blue Mouse Art – creating animal wool sculptures and felt paintings from local and ethically sourced wool fibres.

She also reproduces this work in greetings cards and prints to sell in local shops, galleries and craft events.

With a grant of £1000 from the district council’s small business grant scheme she has been able to buy her own printing machinery to bring reproducing artwork in house.

This will enable Elli to sell more of her work online and print the art work to order, reducing costs and waste too.

“As the owner of Dales based start-up business I was pleased to learn about the council support available for small businesses,” said Elli. from Blue Mouse Art.

“The grant will help me grow my business. Having in house printing facilities will make my business more efficient and help me to produce greater quantities of art prints and gifts enabling me to sell my work online and in new markets.”

The small business grant scheme offers up to £1,000 to small businesses under 36 months old to help start and grow.  The fund can be used towards the purchase of equipment, marketing costs and adaptation to premises.

For further details on how to apply go to www.richmondshire.gov.uk/business-funding

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