My name is Junior, I live in Victoria and I have been volunteering at Petit Miracles for almost 2 years. I initially came to Petit on a work experience placement. I enjoyed it a lot; I met new friends, learned new skills and really enjoyed the work I was doing and skills learned. After the placement finished, I decided to stay on as a volunteer to continue my learning and develop myself and the skills I had gained. I have learned many different aspects of the workshop, from the correct use of hand tools and the traditional methods used, to learning how to use rotary saws such as the mitre saw and electric sanding machines.
My name is Federico and I am from a town just outside of Rome. I recently completed a degree in Furniture Design. The qualification involved all the stages from initial concept of a piece, right through to creation. I was offered to come to England on a 6 month internship through my college and was placed at Petit Miracles.
Here, I have learned more about commercialisation in the furniture industry but also have had the chance to learn and use different materials I had never used before; different types of paint, finishes, oils and stains. On top of all of this, I am also slowly improving my English!
Abdul is currently on a 6-month placement with Petit Miracles. Originally from Italy, Abdul studied furniture design with a specialized focus on construction. After 5 years studying he has decided to throw himself, not only into a working environment but also into another country, test what he has learnt.
Within a short period of time he has developed an understanding of customer needs, standards, the demands and deadlines associated with the industry.
I have always been interested in furniture and loved being creative but never really had the confidence to pursue it as a career. I saw an advert for an apprentice position at Petit Miracles and the rest is history! I am now general manager, my role includes Upholstery for the shop and bespoke orders, helping customers with their queries, making sure the shop looks beautiful and whenever I can I will be in the workshop!
Petit Miracles has given me confidence in myself and abilities and helped me grow as a person. I love working here because it’s a really creative environment, we have a great group of staff and volunteers and every day is different! My favourite piece of furniture so far has to be ‘Hattie’, a multi-media chest of drawers, one of the first pieces I worked on.
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Our new enterprise at West 12 is far from petit – Pop-up retailers have taken over kiosks in shopping centre
A new and exciting way of shopping, bringing local and independent entrepreneurs closer to London shoppers, has arrived in Shepherd’s Bush.
Our Petit Miracles Hub, an incubator for business owners from Hammersmith and Fulham, opened at West 12 shopping centre on Thursday 4 December, providing a communal space for 20 emerging businesses.
Located on the first floor of the shopping centre, The Hub has welcomed business owners who have set up shop at specially designed kiosks, offering products ranging from candles, chocolates and cushions to fashion and jewellery.
Patrizia Galeota, Founder and Director of SensiChic Limited, who has rented a kiosk at the Hub, said: “It’s always been an ambition of mine to run my own business and I needed to change my work/life balance after the birth of my son. I wanted to develop something I could do from home and that would generate an income as well as offering the flexibility I needed as a mother.
“The Petit Miracles Hub is such an incredible initiative that will give entrepreneurs like myself an important stepping stone into retail; there really should be more projects like this up and down the country.”
The Hub provides a new shopping experience for visitors to West 12, where they can browse beautifully created items and speak to the people with the ideas behind them.
Totalling 6,000 sq ft, our Petit Miracles Hub is the brain-child of the West 12 management team and our Director, Elisicia Moore, a passionate social entrepreneur and a self-confessed upcycling enthusiast who already owns the Hub’s sister store located at West 12, Petit Miracles Interiors.
It houses innovative meeting areas including a garden shed and presentation areas, as well as a DJ booth and café.
Elisicia said: “The Hub will provide a great opportunity for people looking to trial a business or take it to the next level. We are so passionate about creating a fun and inspirational space where people can learn and succeed independently while being able to learn skills and different approaches from others around them.
“The rates are significantly lower than normal high street business rates. This was important as often these high rates are prohibiting amazing entrepreneurs from taking their first step onto the business ladder. The Hub will get people and their great services and products in front of shoppers in a cost effective way.”
We offer the 20 available spaces first to early-stage entrepreneurs based in Hammersmith and Fulham who either have a registered company or are soon to register.
Carl Meale, Centre Manager of West 12, said: “We are proud to have worked in conjunction with Petit Miracles to create such a pioneering concept. The Hub is a fantastic platform for showcasing local entrepreneurship. Not only will it introduce fresh, local talent into the retail industry via the business incubation model but The Hub will be a new creative centre for West 12 and Shepherds Bush.”
All photos by Fergus Burnett – www.fergusburnett.com
To find out more, or to become a member/ seller at the Hub – click here
If you would like to visit download the flyer here