Mar­ket grader – Gabrielle sets out her stall for ti­tle

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Sue SMITH gloslive­[email protected]­plc.com

YOUNG en­tre­pre­neur Gabrielle Mar­tin-goff is pre­par­ing for the fi­nals of a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion af­ter wow­ing judges with her busi­ness ap­ti­tude.

Gabrielle, 21, started her own mar­ket stall sell­ing baby and tod­dler clothes she makes her­self when she was just 16, de­spite hav­ing no for­mal train­ing.

A full-time nurs­ery worker at Tree Tops Day Nurs­ery in Chel­tenham, she hated sewing at school and dropped it as an ac­tiv­ity as soon as she could.

She said: “When my great gran Betty died I in­her­ited her big in­dus­trial 1960s sewing ma­chine and de­cided to try to make a few clothes on it.

“I was due a baby sis­ter at the time so I made a few out­fits for her and be­fore I knew it I had more than any­one re­ally needed.

“And I found I was re­ally en­joy­ing com­ing up with the de­signs. I taught my­self how to put the gar­ments to­gether.”

Gabrielle started sell­ing at mar­ket stalls at the week­ends and has gone on to cre­ate re­us­able, eco-friendly make

up wipes, san­i­tary pads and women’s un­der­wear.

She won her cat­e­gory at the re­gional rounds of the Young Mar­ket Trader of the Year and is now through to the fi­nals which will be held in Stratford-upon-avon on Au­gust 30-31. A former pupil of Thomas Ke­ble School in East­combe says Gabrielle has sold her creations at The Sham­bles in Stroud, the Merry walks Cen­tre and at Stroud Good­will.

“I am usu­ally at a big mar­ket ev­ery week­end and I am try­ing to sell more through so­cial me­dia,” says Gabrielle.

She says that one day she would like the busi­ness to ex­pand to al­low her to work at it full-time. “But for the mo­ment I love my nurs­ery work and this is a nice thing to do on the side,” she says. “Ideally one day it would be good to shift the bal­ance so that I am con­cen­trat­ing more on my busi­ness and do­ing nurs­ery work part-time.” Dur­ing the two days of free trad­ing at the com­pe­ti­tion in Stratford-upon-avon, judges will be do­ing the rounds and mak­ing a short­list for the four cat­e­gories and there is £500 up for grabs for the win­ner.

Theodore Wynn, with par­ents Tom and Elyn, from Chel­tenham, meet­ing Sev­ern Vale Dean­ery’s sheep

Glouces­ter Cathe­dral has been taken over by dec­o­rated sheep as part of The Good Shep­herd Project, each dec­o­rated by Church of Eng­land pri­mary schools in the dio­cese Pic­tures: An­drew Hig­gins Thou­sand Word Me­dia

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