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Sew in Love expands onto Colne high street

Published: Thursday, 22nd November 2018

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A Colne seamstress who specialises in bridal wear has expanded after relocating to larger premises in the town.

Sew in Love started out in one unit in Shackleton Hall, a beautiful Victorian arcade in the heart of Colne, in 2014.

Within two years Emily Jay’s business had grown so much she needed more space and took on another unit in the arcade.

But last month she reluctantly closed the door at Shackleton Hall for the final time and moved into the former Rennie Goths sweet and tobacco shop on Albert Road.

Emily, who has a degree in costume design from Huddersfield University, said: “It’s incredible how fast we’ve grown - last year alone we made alterations for around 400 brides!

“I loved being in Shackleton Hall, it was an absolutely perfect place to start out.

“Everyone who came for fittings always remarked on how lovely it was. If I could have taken on all of the units I would have.”

Now four years later Emily and two full-time seamstresses, one of whom is her mum, have plenty of space at their stunning new premises.

The building at 10-12 Albert Road was transformed in just six weeks with the help of her dad.

“I live in Salterforth which is why I chose to set up Sew in Love in Colne,” explained Emily.

“As it’s just off the M65 it’s really well connected and means I can attract customers from all over the country.

“The town has changed so much over the past four years and it really feels like it’s on the up as new shops and cafes open.

“I’m really pleased that we could find new premises on Albert Road, a stone’s throw away from where I started out.”

Councillor Paul White, Leader of Pendle Council, said: “I’m delighted to hear of Emily’s success.

“Shackleton Hall was transformed to give independent businesses like Sew in Love a fantastic place to start out.”

Tim Webber, Chairman and Managing Director, added: “Shackleton Hall is a bustling arcade off a thriving town centre high street.

“If anyone is interested in taking a unit they should contact Alan Williams from Barnfield on 01282 872 502.”

The £2m development of Shackleton Hall, which dates back to 1888, was made possible thanks to PEARL2, a pioneering partnership between Pendle Council and local contractor, developer and investor, Barnfield Investment Properties.