Elizabeth Gash Knitwear

ELIZABETH GASH

EADT Suffolk - - Women In Business -

How did you choose your cur­rent ca­reer? Af­ter grad­u­at­ing with a degree in psy­chol­ogy and hav­ing al­ways been an ar­dent knit­ter, I de­cided to be­gin a ca­reer de­sign­ing and mak­ing knitwear. I worked the Ju­bilee mar­ket for 10 years every week­end un­til the birth of my three chil­dren. Dur­ing this time I em­ployed home ma­chine knit­ters to help with the pro­duc­tion. When my youngest chil­dren started school I opened my first shop in beau­ti­ful Laven­ham, sell­ing other lovely clothes and knitwear along­side my own in 1999. This was fol­lowed 10 years later by an­other shop in Bury St Ed­munds’ St John’s Street and then 5 years ago in Saf­fron Walden. I am hop­ing to open a fourth shop in St Stephens Lane in Ip­swich very soon. In your work­ing life­time, how do you per­ceive things have changed for women? I al­ways wanted to work for my­self and could not con­ceive of any other way of liv­ing, how­ever it is not an easy path and takes en­ergy, time, pa­tience and nerve. The in­ter­net and so­cial me­dia have opened up huge pos­si­bil­i­ties for women to start up small busi­nesses and I would al­ways en­cour­age any­one with an idea or pas­sion they want to pur­sue to have a go. Who in­spires you most? I re­ally ad­mire women who have been in­flu­en­tial in many ar­eas es­pe­cially artists, film mak­ers, writ­ers, re­searchers, gar­den­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers, mu­si­cians, de­sign­ers, ar­chi­tec­ture, pol­i­tics the list is end­less,The main link is they have been in­flu­en­tial in their pro­fes­sion of­ten car­ry­ing on well into late 70’s and 80’s pro­duc­ing of­ten bril­liant work. 86 St John’s St, Bury Saint Ed­munds IP33 1SQ 01284 766045

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