Nina’s passion for pottery pays dividends

A new ceramics business in Shropshire is proving a success.

Nina Finch (pictured), who lives near Ludlow, has launched Running Wild Pottery after discovering her love for the craft during lockdown.

She has spent over 23 years in the public and private sector but her passion for pottery has meant that she has transformed her hobby into a thriving business.

“I spent most of lockdown teaching myself throwing and other ceramic techniques,” explained Nina, who has recently attended a course for new entrepreneurs run by award-winning business consultants Good2Great, based in Bridgnorth, and she has received individual support from an advisor.

“I make bespoke ceramic items including mugs, vases, candle holders. My customers are looking for the special and unique – something you won’t find in a main chain store and is truly one of a kind.”

Nina also offers pottery experience sessions in people’s homes and exhibits at shows and events around the county.

She said that the start up programme run by Good2Great had helped her to build the strong foundations her business needed to be successful.

“The advice, mentoring and support I’ve received, not only from them, but also the many other small businesses they work with has been invaluable. It’s given me the confidence to put myself, and my business out there.

“I’ve connected with so many other fantastic artists which simply wouldn’t have happened without Good2Great. I’m so positive about the future and my ability to continue building my business and being able to do this full time – exciting times ahead!’

Bridgnorth-based Good2Great are running the business start-up courses over the next 12 months. Once completed, people can access up to four one-to-one support sessions with their experienced business advisors, all of whom have a range of expertise.

Eligible businesses may also be able to access a match-funded grant to support with start-up costs.

Anyone interested in joining the programme should contact Tamsin Preece on 01746 330730, tamsin@good-2-great.co.uk

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