It’s with a bit of sadness that I write this blog today. Some of you might already know the news that our Bothwell studio is now closed. I wanted to let you know why and to do that I need to go back to the start.
Our Bothwell studio was always a risk. It’s 20 minutes up the road from our Glasgow one, it’s in a totally different area, and that is exactly why I picked it. You might know that our plans to grow our Sew Confident Community involve franchising. In order to franchise you need to give franchisees “territories” and in order to know how close studios can be I had to try it myself.
Did I think it would work? Yes absolutely but I was always aware of the risk - which is something you gotta just run with in business sometimes! The reality is it’s just too close to the Glasgow studio so we had a similar number of people coming to us but twice the overheads. We now know that our studios are a 1 per city kind of deal and that people are happy to jump in the car to come to their nearest studio.
If I could turn back the clock I would do it all again because what we as a company learned was invaluable, we met so many amazing people, had so many laughs and hours of sewing in that amazing space so thank you for being part of that. No regrets!
So what’s the future of Sew Confident?
Despite closing the Bothwell studio our Glasgow studio has NEVER BEEN BUSIER! Our Dundee studio is also offering more and more classes every month, surpassing expectations - they now have a massive list of classes for all our Dundee pals. And have you SEEN the Dundee studio? It’s absolutely gorgeous, there was talk of some of my Glasgow students jumping in the car to go and visit Sandra in Dundee just to hang out in that studio!
Big picture wise I want everyone in the UK to have a friendly, social, creative and safe Sew Confident space near them. That’s the goal. We’re creating opportunities for those who want to be their own boss and we’re making creative jobs where their previously were none.
I thank my lucky stars every day that this is my job. And I’m blessed to get to spend my working day with the amazing Colette, Rosey and the fab tutors - it’s a total dream team! Most of all I feel lucky that our customers become friends because we’re all on the same crazy fabric hoarding page over here and apparently that’s all you need to really click with someone! Seriously though, without you guys we wouldn’t be here so thanks for your continued support over the past 7(!!) years. Here’s to another 7 years of sewing, tea drinking and excessive biscuit consumption!