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Friends have business skills all sewn up.

TWO Whitley Bay women are hoping to get the children's textiles market all sewn up.

Friends Debbie Bunn and Donna Auchterlounie set up Dotty and Dibble Sewing Academy to teach children the art of sewing.

With support from North Tyneside Council's The Business Factory, the pair decided to set up the business after running a successful monthly night at Whitley Bay's Jam Jar Cinema.

Ms Auchterlounie is a fashion designer who has a regular column in a sewing magazine while Ms Bunn works in the NHS and developed a passion for sewing during a career break and completed a foundation degree in textiles and surface design.

The two sought the help of Karen Westgate of The Business Factory, who supported them in forming a business plan.

Ms Bunn said: "Going in to schools has been a fantastic starting point for the business and we have been amazed by the positive response to what we are offering both from the schools but more so from the students who have signed up to our courses.

"We teach topical,project-based five-week long courses and are delighted that most our students have signed straight back up at the end of each course."

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Dotty and Dibble's Debbie and Donna with Karen Westgate

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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 23, 2015
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