Inspirational story of local business woman Sarah Thompson shared with aspiring new entrepreneurs

Embroidery company Ted & Stitch was started by Randalstown mum Sarah, from her kitchen table, just as the pandemic began. This year they are celebrating a remarkable third year in business and provide employment to a total of 5 local people.
Founded with an initial investment of just £700 for a sewing machine the entrepreneur from the Antrim and Newtownabbey borough has opened a new workshop and seen sales increase by 225%.
Of her participation on the OPTIMAL business growth support programme, managed by Mallusk Enterprise Park in partnership with Antrim Enterprise and LEDCOM for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Sarah says:
“The support I have received from the Optimal programme has been a great help to my business. I’ve been able to avail of one to one mentor support tailored to my individual needs and also access to free webinars – more recently I attended one on exporting and it was eye opening.
Having the support of a fully funded expert mentor made us carve time out, think strategically and look at different aspects of our business with somebody who had the right eye. We reviewed the goals we had set and sat back taking the time to think how we would achieve our ambitions.
It was really brilliant in assisting us to set targets as to what the future could look like and how to implement and make our goals a reality. The whole process was so insightful and showed us that we were holding ourselves back by not investing in more staff and as we continue on our growth journey we are aiming to take on more employees too.”
Of her entrepreneurial spirit Sarah says: – “I love what I do and I can truly say that our success is a result of sheer hard work and determination.”
To her fellow entrepreneurs and local businesses Sarah adds: “The support we have received through the Optimal programme has helped us grow and we are thankful for that I advise all businesses to get on board with the support available.”
About Ted & Stitch:

Ted & Stitch is an embroidered slogan clothing & branded workwear company

based in Randalstown.
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About the OPTIMAL business growth support programme:
OPTIMAL is Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s principal business support and growth programme which provides up to 5 days free, tailored and specialist business support to companies and social enterprises in the Borough.
The programme is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme and is managed by local enterprise agency Mallusk Enterprise Park in partnership with Antrim Enterprise and LEDCOM.
Inspirational story of local Randalstown business woman Sarah Thompson shared with aspiring new entrepreneurs at Mallusk Enterprise Park
OPTIMAL Programme Manager Colleen McAreavey joins founder of Ted and Stitch entrepreneur Sarah Thompson from Randalstown to celebrate her inspirational success story. Sarah visited Mallusk Enterprise Hub to share her enterprising journey from start up to growth with aspiring new businesses from across Northern Ireland.