Pals crafting a bright future

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INTREPID young entrepreneurs Beth Hanley and Hannah Butler are on a mission – to bring classy home-made crafts to the people.

But these are no hardened business bosses with years of industrial experience as they are both students at Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD).

And the friends, who are both from Hartlepool, are now combining college students with running their own crafts company called The Factoree.

Just six months after setting up the firm, they are already planning their first ever craft fair in town.

It runs from 10am to 4.30pm in The Studio, in Hartlepool, on Saturday and Sunday.

The Tower Street event is already in line to be a winner.

Beth, who studies at CCAD’s Middlesbrough campus, said they had attracted 14 craft experts to display their products as well as having a stall for their own hand-made goodies.

Beth, 17, explained how the idea of their own enterprise started.

She said: “We had all these amazing ideas and decided to set up a business.

“After three months of setting things up, we decided to have a craft fair.”

Those invited include a home-made jewellery expert, someone who makes hats and scarves.

The Factoree’s own stall will include Christmas cards and tie-dye wear.

Beth added: “The Studio have supported us enormously and have been very generous with time and resources, we are really excited at holding our contemporary craft fair in this beautiful venue.”

Hannah, 21, who studies at the CCAD Hartlepool campus, said: “Our campaign motto is ‘Help support the fight against Naff Craft’, all of the unique products on sale will be created with love, a keen eye for detail and made to the highest quality.”

As well as the stalls, there will be a range of acoustic and piano performances from local musicians and seasonal snacks on offer.