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Fellows Framing, Dreams Coming True

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Fellows Framing PurseThis month’s start-up interview is with Sarah Trenchard who runs Fellows Framing. It is a bespoke picture framing service covering the Forest of Dean and surrounding areas.

“We frame all types of subject from photos to watercolours, stamps to large oil paintings, cross- stitches to tapestries, and sports shirts to types of memorabilia eg military, wedding. We offer a large choice of mounts, glazing and moulding, specialising in hand finishes.

My passion is to deliver truly personalised frames based on the customer and art work requirements, that will protect and preserve for years to come.

I achieve this by consultation with the customer, frame design, and the use of correct materials and techniques. Being the only member of the FATG Fine Art Trade Guild in the Forest, also gives me credibility. I proudly believe ‘the difference is in the detail’ is a strong aspect my service.

After all if ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ N Bonaparte, ‘The memories framed are priceless’

Why did you contact the FoDE project?

It had been a long-term desire to turn a hobby into a business. Following my children starting school and being in a job for 17 years that, to put bluntly, left me feeling disinterested and frustrated, I explored the idea.

But being employed for so long I had no knowledge of how to start. Then a friend told me about Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs project , I made contact and a week later I was on the Entrepreneurs plus course and I have not looked back since!

What help did you receive?

Fellows Framing MedalsWhilst on the course, which comprehensively covered all aspects of starting a business, I had help from the tutor and the various guest speakers. The other participates were constructive in their feedback, ideas, and support. A year on the this group of friends still support each other.

Since then FoDE have put on several courses that have helped my business eg low cost marketing, and savvy sales. Regular get together’s and continued support by email, social media, phone, their website or in person is always there, even though they are volunteers all busy running their own businesses.

How is business going now?

My business officially started in the New Year 2014 so it is still early days!

I have joined a networking group, CAP which meets weekly. My website, Facebook and Twitter page were launched in April. I have exhibited at various events focusing on letting people know about my service.

Running along side this I have improved old, and learnt new, techniques to add to my ‘toolkit’ through practice, guild branch meetings, trade shows, training days and talking with other framers.

I have had a steady flow of work since June. I am working on increasing it and have plenty of ideas to promote the business, which I will roll out over time. To say time flies by is an understatement!

How can potential customers get in touch with you?

Phone: 07800 666094

Would you recommend FoDE to others – and why?

Fellows Framing FabricI can whole-heartedly recommend Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs for the following reasons:

  • The quality and depth that the official training provides. What you get for the price is very good value.
  • The continued support, all free of charge, they provide.
  • The wide aspects of business that the individuals collectively can assist you with.
  • The contacts, not just within the Forest of Dean, they provide.

The main reason is because for me if I had not known about them I can safely say my business would still be a dream in the pipeline. They gave me the confidence to DO IT!

So thank you Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs, I hope one day I will be able to give back to you to balance what I have gained from you.”

Sarah Trenchard, Fellows Framing

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