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Nith Valley Embroidery sews up a storm

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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Nith Valley Embroidery sews up a storm

A SMALL embroidery business in the region has managed to keep up with a huge surge in demand, thanks to a £15,000 grant from South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE).

Nith Valley Embroidery is a small enterprise that provides a bespoke embroidery service for school wear, corporate wear, personalised gifts and special occasions.

The Sanquhar based company was purchased two years ago by Nan McKenzie – a local resident who is passionate about arts and crafts and wanted to provide a high quality, reliable and innovative service to the local community and surrounding region.

The firm recently received an exciting offer of additional work from local barbers ‘Mrs Howat’s Vintage Barbers’, who had started their own online merchandising business. They asked if Nith Valley could provide a reliable service to help them cope with their increasing orders.

Nan said it was a significant opportunity for the business in terms of growth potential, but they desperately needed to purchase some new machinery – and so she turned to SOSE for help.

She explained: “The machine we were looking to purchase was £30,000. This would increase production capacity by some 7/8 times, but we really needed some help to buy it.

“Before purchasing the machine, we would never have been able to do all the additional orders, so the grant is really benefiting the whole local community – and we are extremely grateful to SOSE for their support.”