Life looks rosy for student’s new business

At just 20 years old, student Rebecca Rose has long known that her career goal was to be her own boss. Now her University of Huddersfield design course has provided an ideal opportunity to sample life as a businesswoman, selling her own handmade, vintage-inspired textile interior pieces.

Her enterprise, Becca Buttons, offers textiles for interiors created from high-quality vintage fabrics sourced from outlets such as charity shops. The found fabrics are then up-scaled with hand embroidery and other creative embellishments.

Her style is distinctly retro, with the 1960s being a particular influence. “I should have been born then!” she says, adding that she can turn her hands to contemporary designs if a customer requests it.

A BTEC in art and design at Southport College set Rose on the ambition to run her own business, before attending the University of Huddersfield where a work placement year during her degree in Textiles and Surface Design afforded her with the opportunity to develop her business. Valuable help and advice from the University’s enterprise team further bolstered her initiative.

A proof-of-concept grant enabled her to fund her attendance at craft fairs – a key outlet, alongside online sales – and to produce promotional material. An equipment grant is proving invaluable too, for Rebecca does all her own embroidery. She also has the use of facilities at The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre, part of the University’s 3M Buckley Innovation Centre.

When her work placement year concludes, Rose will return to study and assignments for the final year of her degree. But Becca Buttons will continue with Rose already making plans to stock up with hand-crafted items for the Christmas rush. Stay tuned to see this business flourish after graduation.