Gail receives mentoring from Alex Polizzi

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The importance of meeting people and carrying out marketing are just some of the tips Alex Polizzi passed on to Gail Trezise of Art Ceramics after she was picked to receive a marketing session with the Hotel Inspector presenter.

Gail, who has a studio in the Sea Change studios at Cockington Court Craft Centre managed by Torbay Development Agency, was picked out for the one to one mentoring session with Ms Polizzi after attending an Enterprising Women event.

“I was encouraged to go to the event by Outset Torbay,” explained Gail. “Alex Polizzi was one of the guest speakers.  I was picked out for the mentoring session which was brilliant. She was really nice and gave me several hints about marketing. They were all very practical suggestions such as meeting people and selling myself. It was an absolute pleasure to meet her.”

Gail, who supplies several art galleries with her ceramics – principally harbour scenes, together with craft markets, is in the process of expanding her range of work to include cushions, fish and hearts.

“The cushions have my images on them and have been selling well,” she said. “I’m gradually developing my range with items such as wall hanging boats and fish as well. It’s very busy.”

And Gail, who opened her business at Cockington Court two years ago, explained how she loves being based at there, appreciating the support from the other craftspeople and the space to develop her ideas.

“I enjoy it here,” she said. “It’s a lovely atmosphere.”

Adrian Sheen, TDA Innovation Centres Manager, said: “Businesses need to make the most of the opportunities they receive such as meeting celebrity businesswoman Alex Polizzi.  Outset Torbay was brought to Torbay as a result of one of the TDA’s business support projects through ERDF funding, and is one of many support initiatives that the TDA is involved in, including the popular craft studios as Cockington Court. It’s good to see our tenants benefitting from a variety of TDA business support schemes; and I’m sure Gail will put some of the ideas into practice to benefit her business.”

Marissa Wakefield, Cockington Court Centre director, added: “It’s a pleasure to see Gail’s work developing. The new lines she is introducing are very popular with the public and I’m sure she will continue to develop her ideas and work.”

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