LEAP Success Stories

Natalie James

Stitch of Broad Street

A mum with two young children, Natalie approached LEAP in 2016 as she was looking to take over the haberdashery business Stitch of Broad Street in Seaford. Whilst she had 20 years experience in buying, she had always dreamed of running her own business and decided it was time to reassess her work/life balance and start working for herself.

Stitch of Broad Street was relaunched in 2016 with new branding. Natalie is working alongside the finalist of the 2016 BBC Great British Sewing Bee Jade Earley to run a series of sewing and crafting workshops in store.

Natalie has received multiple awards for her business including the Women in Business Awards (2017) and has since expanded her business to open a second branch in Eastbourne – Stitch of Compton Street.

“LEAP has a fantastic group of professionals with a lot of advice and knowledge who gave me the confidence I needed to keep going. I enjoyed working alongside like minded people, also it has been great for building contacts and new friends along the way”

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