What inspired Newton-le-Willows woman to open up dream business

Katie Chedotal has lived in the from Newton-le-Willows area all her life apart from a period of playing football and studying a business degree in America. 

Found on a Curb, based near Newton High Street, is a garment, print, and embroidery business that was first set up on Katie’s kitchen table.

She had previously been working within the fitness industry as a sales manager.

However, her mum’s advice following her cancer diagnosis pushed Katie to start her own business.

‘Why I took the plunge’

Katie said: “Unfortunately, my mum became ill; she got diagnosed with cancer and she told me that if she had her time again, she would work for herself.

“So, I took the plunge, I left my career in the fitness industry, and decided to take my hobby full time and my mum helped me for two years until she passed away.

“You need something so harsh in your life to get a perspective and make the push to do something you really enjoy.

“She really pushed me by saying ‘if it doesn’t spark joy, why do you do it.'”

The business was set up in 2015 and is now in its third year near the high street.

Found on a Curb prints and embroiders garments for small independent businesses, charities, and fitness industries.

Prior to her business, the 35-year-old moved to the US on a football scholarship, where she also studied her degree.

During her time in America, she found her passion for printing t-shirts and later brought that passion back home to Newton.

‘I wanted a name that stood out’

The name of the business also had a significance to it, as Katie explains it merges both her home and America.

She added: “I grew up in Oak Avenue, I’ve got a twin brother and you’d often find us sat on a curb with a football at our feet, so that’s why it’s called Found on a Curb.

“I wanted a name that stood out and curb spelt the American way was for my time spent in America.”

Katie’s business is part of the High Street Hive and is contributing to the high street’s upcoming Oktoberfest event this Saturday after being postponed last week due to a period of national mourning. 

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She also took part in their celebrations for the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June, and expresses the importance of working with other businesses within the community.

Katie said: “I want to highlight just how important the high street is and how important independent businesses are.

“What I really love about Newton high street is everyone does help one another; I always try to get involved in any which way.”