A LUDLOW woman has turned her lockdown hobby into a thriving business.

Nina Finch, who lives near Ludlow, has launched Running Wild Pottery after discovering her love for the craft during the coronavirus lockdown.

She has spent over 23 years in the public and private sector but her passion for pottery has meant that she has transformed her hobby into a thriving business.

“I spent most of lockdown teaching myself throwing and other ceramic techniques,” said Ms Finch.

“I make bespoke ceramic items including mugs, vases, and candle holders. My customers are looking for the special and unique, something you won’t find in a main chain store and is truly one of a kind.”

Nina also offers pottery experience sessions in people’s homes and exhibits at shows and events around the county.

She credits Shropshire business consultants Good2Great with helping her build the strong foundations her business needs to be successful, after attending a course for new entrepreneurs and receiving individual support from an advisor.

“The advice, mentoring and support I've received, not only from them but also the many other small businesses they work with, has been invaluable. It's given me the confidence to put myself, and my business out there, and within such a short space of time, I’m starting to see it paying off.

“I've connected with so many other fantastic artists which simply wouldn’t have happened without Good2Great. I'm so positive about the future and my ability to continue building my business and being able to do this full-time. Exciting times ahead!!

Bridgnorth-based Good2Great are running the business start-up courses over the next 12 months.

Once completed, people can access up to four one-to-one support sessions with their experienced business advisors, all of whom have a range of expertise.

Eligible businesses may also be able to access a match-funded grant to support with start-up costs.