North-east female wins Young Innovator Award for lockdown business plan

A north-east female who took her childhood passion for knitting and turned it into a business has been named in the winners of the Young Innovator Award.

Lucy Fisher (25) from Aberdeen, who established Knit It with her mum Marie and grandmother Marge all through lockdown, was declared as a recipient by organisers Innovate Uk and The Prince’s Believe in.

The award recognises younger folks from throughout the Uk with fantastic business thoughts who have the likely to develop into productive entrepreneurs and potential leaders in innovation.

Lucy’s small business aims to convey knitting into the 21st century by way of a new digital platform which enables knitters to have a decision in how they adhere to a pattern and guides them via producing their new styles.

She arrived up with the strategy just after discovering how to knit as a youngster.

Lucy launched Knit it with mum Marie and grandmother Marge.

She explained: “My grandma taught me how to knit and ever considering the fact that I have been hooked.”

Lucy still receives tips from her grandmother and the whole spouse and children have been assisting to get her concept off the floor.

She added: “My mum has been aiding with the business enterprise and grandma is nonetheless my go-to person for knitting guidance. My father and sister have been supporting far too – we’re a near-knit loved ones!”

Final 12 months, Lucy launched her very first item from her on the net retail outlet – a knitting package that transforms a customer’s picture of their cherished kinds and animals into a knitting sample, providing them with a package with all the goods to knit it.

The business enterprise has had orders from throughout the United kingdom as individuals have been utilizing the knitting package even though at residence through lockdown. Some of Lucy’s get the job done has incorporated knitted portraits of Sir Ian Wood and Ant and Dec.

Knit It's first product transforms a photo into a knitting pattern and provides people with a kit to knit it. Lucy work has included an image of Ant and Dec.
Knit It’s first merchandise transforms a photograph into a knitting pattern and supplies people today with a package to knit it. Lucy function has incorporated an graphic of Ant and Dec.

She claimed the Younger Innovators Award will aid her to realise her vision to build a electronic system by delivering the support and networking connections to consider her enterprise to the following stage.

She extra: “We want to build a worldwide local community of youthful knitters. We will need a thing to make the interest far more appealing and up-to-date for the digital era.

“Our initial products showcases what we can do when mixing know-how with knitting. We just cannot wait around to use the guidance from the Youthful Innovators Award to produce the Knit It system which we system to launch this calendar year.”

Lucy was also the winner of RGU’s 2020 Start Up Accelerator programme Scottish Edge’s 2020 Younger EDGE and Artistic EDGE awards and a finalist in the Converge Resourceful Challenge 2020.

Pursuing an unparalleled stage of entries, with an 87 for every cent maximize in applications yr-on-yr, 64 youthful men and women have started out the New Year with a enhance soon after winning the Young Innovators Award, double the amount of recipients of former several years.

Every single winner will receive a £5000 grant, one-on-one particular organization coaching and an allowance to address living costs.

The programme is set to continue awarding young people from various backgrounds till at minimum 2023.

Emily Nott, head of equality, variety and inclusion at Innovate British isles stated: “With 2020 proving to be an extremely difficult 12 months, sustaining our target on Young Innovators was a precedence for Innovate United kingdom considering the fact that obtaining the good entrepreneurial minds of the long term is extra critical than ever.

“Doing work along with this year’s winners, Innovate British isles will assistance them expand and establish their business thought to make the world a better, and extra ground breaking area. We just cannot wait to see what they attain this calendar year.”

Director of partnerships at The Prince’s Belief Ben Marson stated: “At The Prince’s Belief we know the enormous potential and entrepreneurial spirit of United kingdom younger men and women, even in times of substantial uncertainty.

“It is a lot more essential than ever that all young individuals, no make a difference their history, have the chance to prosper in get the job done and switch their strategies into fact.

“Doing work with associates like Innovate British isles allows us to inspire entrepreneurship amid youthful folks, and convey various suggestions and businesses into the economy.”

Any young man or woman fascinated in getting included with the plan can take a look at ktn-british isles.org/programme/younger-innovators

For a lot more on Lucy’s business go to www.knit-it.co.british isles or on social media @hi there_knit_it