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Local textile designer Jo Hill celebrated a fantastic start to 2019 after winning the Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday (SBS) award. Every Sunday evening, Theo, former ‘Dragon’ on BBC show Dragon’s Den, chooses his top six independent businesses on Twitter with the aim of celebrating the wealth of entrepreneurial talent in the UK.

Jo, who is based in the village of Whitgreave says, “We feel very lucky to have been recognised by Theo for this award, especially considering that less than 1% of all entries have been selected over the eight years that SBS has been running! It’s lovely to know that my unique range of cushions, lampshades and homewares have the recognition of such a well-known entrepreneur.”

Inspired by this success and keen to take her business further, Jo will be launching a range of three brand new designs at her Open Studio event which takes place on Saturday 18th and 19th May 2019.

“I am feeling even more motivated by the SBS event to further my design skills and take my business on to the next level”, says Jo. “I will be offering a greater range of British wildlife-inspired designs in 2019, as well as a unique collection of fabric by the metre which is an exciting new venture for me.”

If you would like to see Jo in action demonstrating her sewing technique, or you would like to take part in a workshop, the studio doors will be open from 10am – 4pm on 18th and 19th May. The event will once again be supporting Staffordshire Women’s Aid.

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