Hobby becomes jewel in crown for Victoria

Personalised jewellery: Victoria Galbraith at work
Personalised jewellery: Victoria Galbraith at work
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When Victoria Galbraith’s daughter, Grace, started school, it proved to be just the incentive she needed to turn her hobby into a full-time business.

The Rotherham woman had been producing personalised jewellery for her friends for several years, after taking a silversmithing course.

The handmade pieces were often requested for special occasions and featured names, quotations or prints of children’s fingers, hands or feet.

Now, with help from Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, through the European Regional Development Fund-backed Regional Enterprise Programme, she has launched Victoria Grace Jewellery.

“I have always been creative and made items as a hobby for several years,” said Victoria.

“It began to snowball as people would notice the jewellery I’d made and ask me to make similar items for them. My daughter started school in September of last year so I thought if I don’t start now, I never will, which give me the push I needed.”

Chamber business advisors helped Victoria develop her business plan, find secure workshop premises and promote her wares in window of The Source Rotherham building and Rotherham Visitor Centre. The advisors also helped her to secure a £500 grant from UK Steel Enterprise, which helped her to launch her website - www.victoriagracejewellery.com - which is her shop front.