A crafty move to stay on high street

Beth Hindley and Helen Pye
Beth Hindley and Helen Pye

THE founder of a popular Wigan art and craft business has decided to retire.

But it doesn’t mean the end of Pye Studios on Market Street, Hindley, because Helen Pye is handing over its running to current employee Beth Hindley, 20.

Former teacher Helen, who set up the studio seven years ago, is stepping down to spend more time with her family.

The 59-year-old said “Beth has supported me at Pye Studios for two years and now it’s my turn to support Beth as she takes over and continues to provide art and craft workshops for the local community.

“It has been a big decision and I will miss the studio massively. But it’s a new chapter in my life and I know that Beth is the perfect person for the job.”

The business provides art and craft workshops for people of all ages and abilities and also displays and sells local artwork and Fairtrade goods.

Beth will take over the shop and run the workshops as usual, providing much needed art and craft facilitates for the community.

She said she will develop the online presence of Pye Studios, setting up an Etsy shop to sell local handmade goods and also create a new Facebook page. As Beth takes over, the studios will be re-branded as Inspired at Pye Studios.

For more information visit www.pyestudios.co.uk.