Last week, I was standing on the platform of Durham train station, having sadly waved goodbye to a voom_2018very dear visitor, when my attention was caught by an advertisement like this one, referring to a search for unicorns.


It was a rotating advert and I as the rail passengers passed by me, I stood watching for quite a few minutes until the one I wanted came round again! Virgin (who manage the North-East line, which runs through Durham) are holding a competition for small businesses called VOOM. Even though I run a small business (a micro-business), this was the first I had heard of it.

I drove home, looked up VOOM and dived in.


I have to tell you that I got quite excited about all this and wrote my entry. Here’s the pitch photo (you may remember this image from last week!):


This is the pitch:

To give people joy – and the confidence to make beautiful textile items, I create unique fabric designs and write easy-to-follow patterns.

Amanda Jane Ogden

Amanda Jane Ogden

I’ve included a 30-second film about what I do:

I also explained how it all started:

My small business Amanda Jane Textiles, began on September 1st 2014 after a giant leap of faith!  Leaving behind my full-time job as a teacher, I turned my whole attention to fabric design. There are now over a hundred designs in the online studio, more than twenty ‘how to’ patterns in the online shop,  a hundred and sixty blog-posts on the website,  seven published magazine articles, two monthly newsletters (so far) and one online class. I work in a home studio, making good use of my background in educational publishing, my textiles degree and my teaching.

Plus I mentioned future plans:

The next step is to go international: the plan is to translate all the patterns into French, German and Spanish.

That’s it!

So now, dear readers and followers of this blog, I would like to ask for some help. Please would you cast a vote for me?   If the answer is yes, then please click here to go to my page in the competition.

Please will you also tell your friends? Thank you very much.

(If you’d like to join the Crowdfunder part of the project, then there are some textiles-related rewards on offer.)


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