Talking Point: Cottage chic a crafty route to success

Starting a retail business on €2,000 may sound like a tall order, but Michelle McGuirk has seen just such a boot-strapped start-up go from strength to strength.

10th August, 2013
Elaine O'Regan: Michelle McGuirk has seen her business selling customised items go from strength to strength.

Starting a retail business on €2,000 may sound like a tall order, but Michelle McGuirk's entrepreneurial flare has seen just such a boot-strapped start-up go from strength to strength.

McGuirk established A Room in the Cottage (aroominthecottage.com) in March 2012 to sell her handmade range of cushions, aprons, tote bags and other vintage-inspired items.

The business is situated in the village of Rosenallis in Co Laois, but McGuirk boosted her sales potential early on by...

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