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Emma Skilton

Emma Skilton

Limited Edition Bags

Outset Cornwall has given me more confidence and the tools to feel more prepared in order to take my business out to the world.

Emma’s story

After some time concentrating on motherhood following the birth of her first child Emma went on to co-found community dance group the Truro School of Samba in 2005 when her passion for dance, which started as a hobby once a week turned into a career teaching and performing Samba.

Bur second time around she is going it alone and said:  “I wanted to be sure I had a viable business idea rather than a hobby so it was fantastic that Outset Cornwall was on hand for guidance.”

With a creative background Emma soon began designing and making costumes as Artistic Director for the Samba group, which performs at various events in Cornwall.

“I love making the Rio-style Samba outfits and wanted to make a product that was an extension of this passion. This realization became my collection of ‘arm candy’ bags.”

With an outgoing, friendly personality Emma’s new venture is imbued with her sense of adventure and originality.

“Limited Edition Bags is definitely an extension of my personality. I love dressing up and I need the accessories to match. Now I can create ‘arm candy’ for your special occasion. Each bag is individually handmade using luxury fabrics embellished with feathers and crystals.”

Taking part in Outset Cornwall has been “invaluable” to Emma, who added: “I have learnt so much about myself, identified my strengths and the skills I need to develop to run my business successfully. Some of the most memorable bits have been meeting other passionate people, which is really inspiring and seeing how our ideas have developed over the course of the programme.”

Emma is now working on developing her business in a number of ways, such as gaining an online share of handbag sales in the UK and abroad through her website and other specialist online retailers, with the addition of a bespoke service beyond evening bags.

With a determined smile Emma said: “Outset Cornwall has given me more confidence and the tools to feel more prepared in order to take my business out to the world.”