Leo Winstanley founded Hand-i-Craft, based in Formby, after losing the ability to use his dominant hand and arm in a car accident. Now, it is a successful woodworking shop, stocking handmade items, finishes and accessories that are sold online.
Leo’s car accident caused severe nerve damage, but woodworking has been a form of physical and mental therapy. He combined his drive with innovation and created a successful woodworking shop. His YouTube channel “Hand-i-Craft” has garnered over 11,000 subscribers, and he has become a prominent figure in the online woodworking community.
“Starting a business is no easy feat, and the support of the Start Up Loans programme, alongside a good dose of dedication, was pivotal in the early days of my business. I’m excited to represent the North West as 2023 Start Up Loans Ambassador and look forward to inspiring others to embrace entrepreneurship and create their unique success stories, just as I have created my own.”