The Ewe Knit 20 shop at the Crown Glass Shopping Centre has been shortlist for two prestigious Awards – The 2014 Bristol Post Business Awards, sponsored by the University of the West of England, and Shopping Centres Magazine’s SCEPTRE Awards.
Established by Emily Rickard, last October, Ewe Knit 20 is not only a wool shop but the hub of creativity for knitters and textile lovers of all ages.
Emily has been shortlisted in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year section in the Bristol Post Awards and in the Short Term Retailer of the Year section in the SCEPTRE Awards.
Emily Rickard, aged 25, is a Fashion Design graduate (First Class) of Bath Spa University and since graduating, she has worked as a machine knitting tutor, designer and part-time shoe fitter!
“It was always my ambition to open my own yarn shop, so when Ellandi, owners of the Crown Glass Shopping Centre, launched a competition to fill two vacant units, I jumped at the opportunity, filled out the application, sat through the terrifying Dragon’s Den style presentation and won!
And here we are now, 6 months down the line and it’s been totally amazing! ,” says Emily. “And to be short listed not just for one but two industry awards is absolutely fantastic.”
As well as beautiful yarns, Ewe Knit 20 also stocks equipment, accessories and patterns both online and in store and Emily’s enthusiasm does not just stop with setting up and running the shop – she also runs regular knitting and crochet classes, and hosts drop-in knit and natter sessions twice a week.
Emily will find out if she has been successful in the SCEPTRE Awards at the Awards Ceremony at The Dorchester in London on Tuesday, 24 June and in the Bristol Post Business Awards on Wednesday, June 25 at The Passenger Shed.
“We are all rooting for Emily,” says Charlotte Jarrett, Manager of the Crown Glass Shopping Centre, Nailsea. “Her enthusiasm and drive is a real inspiration and we wish her every success in these Awards.”
“Ewe Knit 20 has been very well received by our shoppers and confirms the diversity of the retail offer available in Crown Glass Shopping Centre.