Stylish Leigh in bid for Keys to Success

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LEIGH Hornsey’s stylish wear is at the height of vintage fashion.

Now she’s hoping her business is the perfect fit for a prize after entering it in a competition to win an office for a year.

Mother-of-one Leigh, from Hartlepool, owns and runs the online company Call Me Betty which specialises in “a vintage style for a modern woman.”

Leigh was formerly a freelance designer for companies including New Look, Ann Summers and Debenhams.

She launched Call Me Betty in 2009 when she was pregnant with her daughter Libby, now four years old.

Leigh added: “With a love of vintage fashion and a desire to be in complete creative control of my collections, it was the next logical step for me.

“I use mainly printed fabrics and I think what sets my collection apart from others is the mix of prints - everything from traditional florals to ice cream sundae prints and a more gothic skull and rose, or more recently, Marvel avengers prints.”

Leigh, who is married to Paul Hornsey, a 37-year-old draughtsman, runs Call Me Betty as a web-­based business, selling mainly through a website and Dacebook, where Leigh has nearly 13,000 followers.

Now, she has entered the business in the Keys To Success competition, run by the Hartlepool Mail in conjunction with UK Steel Enterprise.

One lucky entrant will get to win a 200 sq ft office, spacious enough to accommodate three people. It is already furnished with office desks, chairs and accessories and the lucky winner will pay no rent, rates, lighting or heating bills for 12 months.

The fantastic office is based within Hub Two of the Innovation Centre on the Queens Meadow Business Park in Hartlepool.

Leigh said: “I would love to win the competition. I get asked regularly if I have a shop or a showroom that people can visit as I am home based. It is not always practical for people to come to my home to try things.

“It would be great to take the business outside of the home and have somewhere for people to come and view and try on the collection before they buy.

“My goals for the future are to one day have a little boutique.”

For more details about Keys to Success, visit www.hartlepoolmail. Entries should be sent to