A north-east lady who took her childhood enthusiasm for knitting and turned it into a small business has been named in the winners of the Young Innovator Award.
Lucy Fisher (25) from Aberdeen, who started Knit It with her mum Marie and grandmother Marge through lockdown, was announced as a recipient by organisers Innovate United kingdom and The Prince’s Belief.
The award recognises youthful men and women from across the Uk with wonderful enterprise thoughts who have the potential to grow to be prosperous business owners and upcoming leaders in innovation.
Lucy’s company aims to provide knitting into the 21st century via a new electronic platform which enables knitters to have a decision in how they follow a pattern and guides them via building their new designs.
She came up with the thought right after understanding how to knit as a youngster.
She explained: “My grandma taught me how to knit and at any time considering that I have been hooked.”
Lucy even now will get tips from her grandmother and the entire relatives have been assisting to get her notion off the ground.
She added: “My mum has been serving to with the business enterprise and grandma is still my go-to particular person for knitting assistance. My dad and sister have been serving to also – we’re a shut-knit spouse and children!”
Previous yr, Lucy introduced her initially item from her on the web shop – a knitting kit that transforms a customer’s image of their cherished kinds and pets into a knitting pattern, offering them with a kit with all the goods to knit it.
The business enterprise has had orders from throughout the Uk as persons have been working with the knitting kit although at household for the duration of lockdown. Some of Lucy’s work has included knitted portraits of Sir Ian Wood and Ant and Dec.
She reported the Youthful Innovators Award will help her to realise her vision to build a digital platform by offering the aid and networking connections to get her company to the following level.
She added: “We want to make a worldwide neighborhood of younger knitters. We will need something to make the interest much more pleasing and up-to-date for the digital era.
“Our initially item showcases what we can do when mixing know-how with knitting. We just cannot wait around to use the aid from the Young Innovators Award to create the Knit It platform which we plan to launch this year.”
Lucy was also the winner of RGU’s 2020 Get started Up Accelerator programme Scottish Edge’s 2020 Young EDGE and Artistic EDGE awards and a finalist in the Converge Artistic Challenge 2020.
Subsequent an unprecedented stage of entries, with an 87 per cent increase in purposes yr-on-calendar year, 64 younger individuals have started the New Year with a improve following winning the Younger Innovators Award, double the variety of recipients of earlier several years.
Each winner will receive a £5000 grant, one-on-just one organization coaching and an allowance to deal with residing prices.
The programme is established to continue awarding younger people today from numerous backgrounds until at minimum 2023.
Emily Nott, head of equality, diversity and inclusion at Innovate Uk said: “With 2020 proving to be an incredibly tricky 12 months, preserving our concentration on Young Innovators was a precedence for Innovate British isles considering the fact that discovering the good entrepreneurial minds of the foreseeable future is far more essential than at any time.
“Doing the job together with this year’s winners, Innovate British isles will assistance them grow and develop their small business notion to make the planet a better, and extra impressive area. We can not wait around to see what they realize this 12 months.”
Director of partnerships at The Prince’s Believe in Ben Marson reported: “At The Prince’s Belief we know the great probable and entrepreneurial spirit of British isles young persons, even in occasions of appreciable uncertainty.
“It is much more important than ever that all youthful persons, no issue their track record, have the chance to thrive in work and transform their strategies into truth.
“Doing the job with partners like Innovate British isles makes it possible for us to really encourage entrepreneurship amongst young men and women, and convey numerous ideas and businesses into the financial state.”
Any young individual interested in acquiring concerned with the plan can go to ktn-british isles.org/programme/young-innovators
For far more on Lucy’s small business go to www.knit-it.co.british isles or on social media @hi_knit_it