Thamesmead resident Tapiwa Dingwiza, a bespoke Tailoring graduate from the University of the Arts London recently found herself at Wimbledon for this year’s SW19 Grand Slam Tennis Championships.

“The past week has been a highlight of my career, I had an incredible opportunity to tailor the Wimbledon tennis officials. I worked with the Chair Umpires, Line Umpires, Off Court Officials and Hosts to ensure their uniforms were tailor made for this amazing occasion.”

Tapiwa has been engaging with the Economic Team in Thamesmead enabling her to go on a business start-up course and business scaling workshops to grow her brand and has previously worked on the Threads fashion project at the Pembury Centre.

“The courses were great and helped me to realise that I didn’t need lots of money to start my business and not to spend too much money on stock.” The Economic team in Thamesmead are still working closely with Tapiwa, looking for suitable space options to move her business into.

Asked how Peabody has helped Tapiwa, she exclaimed: “Tremendously, if I feel stressed or need help then I just give them a call.  I feel that I can achieve a lot and am fully supported by the team.“

Tapiwa’s ace skills and talent have not just been recognised by her growing client base, she has recently been awarded Fashion Designer of the Year 2017, by Zimbabwe Achievers Awards UK and Women for Africa Awards UK. 

Christofi Christou, Economic Inclusion Manager for Peabody added: “It’s a pleasure to provide our hardworking enterprises with numerous initiatives to support them reach their full potential across the multitude of opportunities available to them now and in the future linking into one of London’s largest regeneration programmes.

“If you are a creative individual or an aspiring entrepreneur living in or around Thamesmead and need support to develop your business or an idea you have, then we want to hear from you.”

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