Shona Haslam (middle), SBC Council Leader presents the recent graduates from the ReTweed Textiles Training Programme in Eyemouth with their certificates. Photo Credit: Kathleen Travers (Face PR)
It’s a very Happy Christmas this year for ReTweed in Eyemouth as the Project is awarded 2 significant grants which secure its future through to 2020.
ReTweed continues to go from strength-to-strength and in the last few weeks has secured funding from both the Big Lottery and Scottish Border LEADER.
At the most recent graduation, Shona Haslam, SBC Council Leader presented the graduates from the ReTweed Textiles Training Programme in Eyemouth with their certificates; opening her address to the students, she expressed her delight at having the Main Council Chamber filled with women.
Councillor Haslam went on the say that she believes “ReTweed is unlocking creativity for local women – inspiring them and supporting them to develop new ideas into viable businesses or careers.” She added, “If we are to develop strong and prosperous communities then we need to support initiatives like this. SBC are delighted to announce that Scottish Borders LEADER Programme has awarded the project a second round of funding to help them to scale-up their products and services.”
Within a few days, the project also heard back that their second application to Big Lottery was successful with an award of £60,000 over 2 years. The project’s future is looking as vibrant as their products and designs. The Chair of the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Maureen McGinn, said: “I am delighted that ReTweed has been successful in securing a Big Lottery Fund grant. The funding will make a tremendous difference where it is needed most and I wish ReTweed every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of their local community.”
The recent round of ReTweed graduates (pictured above with Cllr Haslam) are moving on into their own enterprises, new career paths and community activities. ReTweed is about supporting opportunities for women in Berwickshire to progress their lives, their careers and their entrepreneurial potential. Some of this work is also supported by Business Gateway through 1:1 support and a range of business start-up workshops.
This blog post was written by Hazel Smith – ReTweed Founding Director