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Why Martin's glass is always half-full now.

Byline: By Guy Anderson

The future is bright for a stained glass artist who has launched his own business in the North.

Martin Farrant ( who moved to Newcastle from Wales earlier this year ( had the backing of support organisations Inbiz and Working Links for his new venture.

Decorative glass work produced by Mr Farrant is currently sold at local arts and crafts fairs, including Armstrong Bridge in Jesmond on Sundays.

There are plans to launch a website in the New Year.

David Ireland, an advisor at Inbiz, who worked with Mr Farrant, said: "When I met Martin, I could see that he had a talent for working with stained glass."

Mr Farrant has previously received commissions for large projects, including a window for Elvis Presley's pianist, Floyd Kramer, in the United States.

The 45-year-old was out of work when JobCentre Plus referred him to Inbiz.

For six months, Inbiz clients are allowed a test-trade period where they still receive benefits but are allowed to generate income from their business.

All profits are saved in a company bank account. At the end of the period, each business should have built up considerable funds which provide each participant with a sound financial footing to sign off benefits.

Mr Farrant said: "There have been so may ups and downs. Becoming self employed is really tough. But I have been encouraged by customers who are all really enthusiastic. I am going to develop the business to do stained glass sculpture incorporating other materials such as slate, agate and stone."

Mr Farrant moved to Newcastle following the break up of a relationship.

He said: "The help I have received from my friends at the Acorn Christian Fellowship Church, and the warmth of the people in this area has really kept me going.I never expected I could get the level of support that Inbiz and Working Links have given me.

"Now I am finally working toward something I really believe in."

Colin Scott, business delivery and development manager for Working Links, said: "The craft, design and intricate workmanship involved in creating stained glass products demands special talent.

"Alongside Inbiz and other support organisations, we are delighted to have supported Martin. I hope he continues to do well and I'm confident his determination will result in a successful business."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 3, 2005
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