National Enterprise Awards 2023




An entrepreneur who combined her experience in structural engineering with her love of knitting will represent Local Enterprise Office (LEO), Cork City at the National Enterprise Awards 2023.  Independent knitwear designer Carol Feller of Stolen Stitches  will be up against LEO representatives from all over the country at the prestigious Awards Ceremony in The Mansion House, Dublin in June.

The announcement was made by LEO, Cork City during Local Enterprise Week 2023 which is currently underway with a mix of free in-person and online events.  

Making the announcement, Dr Niall O’Keeffe, Head of Enterprise at LEO Cork City said; “I am delighted that Carol is representing Local Enterprise Office, Cork City as I believe her company is forward-thinking, innovative and offers something for everyone, regardless of age or gender.  Stolen Stitches is growing from strength to strength and is a great example of how a small business can be successful through hard work, dedication and creativity.”

Carol Feller began creating knitting patterns and teaching in 2008, but her company began to rapidly grow after she started her first yarn line, Nua, in 2017.  Carol's designs blend contemporary and traditional styles, and are known for clever seamless construction techniques, modern takes on Irish cable knitting, and beautifully finished garments and accessories for men, women and children.

 National Enterprise Awards 2023

Carol has taught approx. 250,000 knitters through in-person workshops and retreats and online video classes.  Increasingly, her company is focused on “full experience” clubs and subscriptions, where knitters have all they need - tools, instruction, inspiration, and community - to fully enjoy and take pride in both the creative process and their finished knit.

Speaking about being the nominee for LEO, Cork City at this year’s National Enterprise Awards Carol said;   “I was delighted and honoured to be nominated. The whole process of the application and presentation to the judges is a great opportunity to clarify the Stolen Stitches message and share our amazing community with a wider audience. I also look forward to connecting with the other nominees - I know we all have a lot to learn from each other.  Over the last several years I’ve benefited from many LEO Cork City supports - mentoring, training, TOV Voucher, and Business Expansion Grants – all of which have helped me grow our team and operations. I would like to thank the Local Enterprise Office, Cork City, for their support and for this nomination, and I look forward to representing LEO Cork City at the Awards Ceremony in June.”

Image attached: Carol Feller of Stolen Stitches will represent Local Enterprise Office (LEO), Cork City at the National Enterprise Awards 2023.  She’s pictured with Eileen Doyle, LEO Cork City at Stolen Stitches, Tramore Commercial Park, Cork City.  Picture Colm Lougheed