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20% Spring Summer Promotion


As we always have our customers’ safety in mind, we will unfortunately be cancelling the Fashion Show next Wednesday.

We truly appreciate your loyalty to michelle b, and as a thank you, we now have 20% OFF all of our latest collections.

Keep an eye on our Social pages as we will be posting new items daily. We also shared a full album on our Facebook page last week, if you haven’t already seen it!

If you see an item you like, give us a call on 01282 605060 and we’ll post it out to you, or feel free to pop in and browse.

Now that’s a reason to keep smiling…

Michelle talks about her journey into fashion


Michelle Berkins talks about her journey into fashion and textiles that has led to her owning one of the most stylish and glamorous ladieswear shops in the North West, writes Gail Bailey.

Experience, hard work and determination have been the drivers behind Michelle Berkins’ success, who had a 25-year career in textiles before opening the doors of her award-winning ladieswear shop michelle b in Barrowford in 2005.

Lancashire born Michelle began a career at Albert Hartley’s Barnoldswick, as a silk screen separation artist. After 10 years she moved within the group to Dorma in Swinton, Manchester: “Being a separation artist gave me a skill that people are less likely to get now – the process is done by computer – recognising quality in fabrics purely by touch.”

Within the Dorma Group Michelle led the department and became more involved in design and sales for home textiles, working with leading stores and in particular Marks & Spencer.

She recalls: “As my role developed further into design, I began to work directly with designers such as Jeff Banks and Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen. Upon design selection we would then develop it across the range of fabric products.”

Michelle travelled far and wide to places such as India, Italy, Austria and Turkey but, once married, decided it was time to find more of a work-life balance: “I knew I wanted a career, as I had always had one,” Michelle says. “I was destined to open my own business but couldn’t decide between fashion or interiors, I just knew I wanted to use my creative skills and use my knowledge of colour and fabrics. In the end my husband made the decision for me! He acquired the post office and newsagents premises in Barrowford. We spent 12 months transforming the building and have never looked back since opening michelle b.”

Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s eight years ago has not stopped Michelle – if anything it has made her even more determined and dedicated: “I had always dreamed of having my own business and my illness won’t stop me working – if anything, it helps to give me even more of a purpose.”

Michelle and her team offer a very bespoke service and she credits this with their success: “The business has evolved and grown over the years and most of this is down to the very individual service we offer along with a fabulously loyal clientele,” Michelle explains. “Not everyone enjoys shopping, so we ensure that we make coming to our store a very personal experience. We give lots of time, we’re patient and ensuring people are completely at ease is paramount to what we offer.”
The team know some of their customers so well they put a personal rail together before they arrive, which showcases some of the garments and mixed branding that they know will appeal.

Michelle speaks highly of the team she has around her who all share her philosophy, honesty and approach to the retail experience they give to all their customers: “We have new brands coming into the shop and it is an exciting time for us all,” she says.

Along with her husband Kevin, owner of the Fence Gate, Fence Gate Lodge and the Eagle at Barrow, Michelle has the continued support of another family member – Betty her faithful Norfolk Terrier. “Betty is in the shop and comes everywhere with me, even to visit design companies,” Michelle says.

“Our clients can come in with their husband, partner, children or even their dog – it’s not a problem. Our mission is always to go out of our way to make everyone feel welcome.”
And after spending time with Michelle, and hearing her story, this is definitely a true reflection of her outlook and approach to both life and work.

 

Photography by: TVPAV.com

Article from Live Ribble Valley

Win a £1,000 Voucher throughout May!


To mark Harry and Meghan’s special day this month…

You are cordially invited to our Royal Celebration.

Throughout the month of May you will be entered into a prize draw with every purchase. One entry per customer visit.

Good luck!

Going for Gold


Multi-talented Robert Holden is all set for the Special Olympics Summer Games next year after being chosen to be part of the Team GB golf squad. Photography: Stephen Nicholls

Having already competed in the Special Olympics Winter Games, talented sportsman Robert Holden was thrilled to learn he will be in the GB golf squad competing in the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.

His achievement is all the more remarkable as Robert, who has autism and ADHD, has already competed as a 22-year-old skier at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea where he won three medals – including a gold!

Now 27, Robert will be travelling to Abu Dhabi with the golf squad in the hope of making it a double.

“Golf is his great love,” explains Jane Holden, Robert’s mum. “But it is highly unusual for a competitor to be chosen for both the summer and winter games. He is delighted and so excited!”

Showing his determination and skill, Robert from Rawtenstall, recently competed in the Special Olympics National Games in Sheffield where he took gold taking him a step further to competing in the World Games.

Over three demanding days he proved himself to be among the best in his category to the delight of his family and friends.

“When he competed in Sheffield he was amazing. He played over three days on an 18-hole championship course. It was remarkable,” adds Jane. “I couldn’t believe the intensity of the concentration, he was unbelievable. He was so focused. He took everyone by storm!”

Having played golf since the age of eight, the former Burnley College student, now has his sights firmly set on the Special Olympic World Summer Games after it was confirmed he would be part of Team GB.

“We had applied for the World Games and when we found out he was in the squad I cried, I was so proud of him! He was euphoric – he is so looking forward to it.”

The Games will be the world’s largest humanitarian and sporting event of 2019 being held in a huge stadium in Abu Dhabi, one of seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates, and the capital city of the UAE.

An impressive opening ceremony is expected to be held at the start of the games, followed by the various competitions. The games will feature seven days of competition in 24 sports including badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, bocce, handball, table tennis, tennis and volleyball. There will be races in athletics, cycling, kayaking, open water swimming, roller skating, sailing, swimming and triathlon.

Judged competitions will be equestrian, judo, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics. Rounding out the list are bowling, football, powerlifting and, of course golf, in which Robert will compete.

An estimated 7,000 Special Olympics athletes and their 2,600 coaches will arrive early to get used to the time zone and temperature and Abu Dhabi itself will provide 20,000 volunteers. The families of the athletes will number 6,000 and it is expected that media coverage will include 2,000 reporters, photographers, videographers and bloggers, who will all capture the games for the international press.

“The games in Abu Dhabi are expected to attract around half a million people – they are going to be huge!” says Jane, who will be flying out with her partner Henry Shepherd and other family members for the seven-day competition.

“Robert has had to play golf to a really high standard competing at national level to qualify so he has done really well. I think it is a real honour for him to represent Great Britain in not just one, but two sports.”

Supported and mentored by Rossendale Golf Club pros Stephen Nicholls and Scott Goodwin along with Scott Grundy at Golf Rossendale, Robert now works at the Golf Rossendale driving range, starting his day at 7am collecting golf balls and tidying, before spending the afternoon practising.

“They have been totally supportive of Robert. They really look after him, giving him coaching and lessons – he needs key people like that and there are a lot of them who have helped Robert along the way. Support is vital to Robert.”

When Robert discovered he had clinched a place in the GB golf squad there were more than 600 Facebook comments on his achievement: “There are a lot of people out there who love him, and what he is doing,” adds Jane.

 

Article from Live Ribble Valley Magazine.

Final Clearance!


From Saturday 20th January 2018, our Autumn Winter 17 collections will be in our final clearance! Don’t miss out – a fabulous price for all of your favourite brands.

Celebrate Summer


Wednesday 17th May
Kickstart your Summer wardrobe! Join us from 7pm for Pimms, nibbles and music.

WIN A £1000 GOODY BAG! All purchases from Monday 8th – Wednesday 17th of May will be entered into the draw.

Spring Summer 17 Fashion Show


It was great to see so many people attend our SS17 Fashion Show. Showcasing the latest collections from Moschino, DVF, Juliet Dunn, Luisa Cerano, RIANI, Escada, MarcCain, Laurèl, D’Exterior and more! We had a fab night and hope you did too.

Spring is well on it’s way and we have the perfect outfit – whether it’s a wedding, the races or an upcoming holiday.

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Find the Winning Outfit


Make sure you’re the best dressed this Wedding & Races Season. Here’s some of our outfit inspiration…

Winter Sale | 70% OFF


From Saturday 14th January we’ll have 70% OFF all Autumn Winter 16 Collections!

Winter Sale | 50% OFF


From Thursday 1st December we’ll have 50% OFF all Autumn Winter 16 Collections!