How we've helped Popplestone Studio

Skills Hub case study

Business overview

Popplestone Studio is where artist Emma Kate Humphries makes and sells her colourful buttons and jewellery inspired by her local environment on the Isles of Scilly.

Determined to make her craft into an income generating business, Emma Kate attended a local business event. A timely encounter with Trish Peacock, the Skills Hub Connector for Scilly, enabled her to identify the skills she needed to launch her former hobby into a reliable money maker.

It allowed me to step away from my studio, focused time to think about my business.

How we helped

Emma Kate Humphries, artist and owner of Popplestone Studio, received support from the Skills Hub to help her manage and market her business better. The Skills Hub found and organised a business course on the mainland. We also directed her to funding for her travel and accommodation through the Access to Training fund. 

“The training session was ideal. It included one-to-one facilitation, a tutor who helped me apply the lessons to my business situation,” says Emma Kate.

“Funding for my travel and accommodation meant I could stay over during the course. This gave me an evening to process what I learned and prepare for the next day. Most importantly, it allowed me to step away from my studio and consider things more, more focused time to think about my business.”

“Trish was really helpful. We had a good talk and then she went away to do some research. She emailed me later with courses she felt would be best for me. I immediately gave her the thumbs-up. 

Reflecting on her Skills Review, Emma Kate comments:

 “Sometimes you feel you’re being pushed down a route. Do I want an online shop? Do I need to be posting content on social media? It was a good chance to ask myself what I wanted from my business and my life. I achieved a great sense of clarity and left with the reassurance I needed.”

If Emma Kate could pass advice to other businesses, here’s what she would say….

“What’s obvious to someone on the outside, isn’t always apparent to you. But that’s the insight that can really launch your business.”

“If left to your own devices, we would all just continue doing what we like. It’s important to stop and take stock. Trish from the Skills Hub helped me do this, she’s encouraged me to learn and grow.”


Emma Kate in her studio
Business name Popplestone Studio
Contact email [email protected]