Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Clothes Firm's a Perfect Fit for Our Kim

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Clothes Firm's a Perfect Fit for Our Kim

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Byline: MIKE HUGHES @MikeHughes

A FLOURISHING clothing start-up has enjoyed a Christmas sales boost following a successful first year.

Bread & Butter Threads, which is based in South Tees Business Centre in South Bank, saw more than 1,000 orders flood in during the run-up to Christmas, which further bolstered the company's position after seeing a PS53,000 turnover in its first 11 months.

Set up by young Teesside designer Kim Sandford, from Guisborough, the online store sells custom-made clothing including slogan T-shirts, hoodies and accessories.

Kim, 26, said: "The business is going really well.

"After selling just a few items a week when I first set up, I now have a fully stocked warehouse in South Tees Business Centre.

"The Christmas period was extremely busy and I sold 1,000 items in that time. It's sometimes been a struggle but I've loved every minute of it. A turnover of PS53k in my first year is definitely a cause for celebration."

Kim graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from Leeds College of Art in 2012 and went on to cut her cloth in the creative sector in a number of roles as a graphic designer for Rabbit Hole, and then later on at FCT Online, both based in Leeds.

However, the desire to return to her hometown and run her own business served as the inspiration she needed to take the leap and set up Bread & Butter Threads towards the end of 2015 and she began trading in February last year.

Kim said: "I have always wanted to be my own boss but I knew I needed to gain as much experience as possible within the industry when I left university.

There's a of community. Tees Business "Last year felt like the right time to put everything I have learned into practice and make the move to setting up my own business."

Kim Sandford, of Bread & Threads " Armed with her last pay packet and a solid business plan, Kim moved back to her beloved Teesside and set up the bespoke online clothing store from her home

"But after a modest start which saw her receiving around 70 orders in the first month, the business has continued to grow. …

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