Bespoke textile training results in new product development
BellaMoon® is developing an innovative lateral breast feeding, co-sleeping pillow. This innovative new product would allow a baby to be brought into bed with parents for safer co-sleeping and bed sharing whilst simultaneously allowing for safe lateral breast feeding during the night.
Through a 30 hour InnovateUs project, Lorna Reid-Mullen upskilled Irene in a range of manufacturing techniques including sewing machine use, stitching techniques, fabric properties and prototype pattern development. The commitment from the company was excellent with Irene meeting Lorna on a regular weekly basis. Early in the project Irene purchased her own sewing machinery and was able to develop a first stage prototype for review and testing.
As a result of the training the company:
- developed a first stage prototype that has been used to advance the idea
- has been appointed an Invest NI Client Executive
- qualified for a T&D grant which covers 50% of further prototyping development
- has won two business idea awards
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