Access Voucher and Innovation Voucher

Supported by European Structural Investment Funding (ESIF)

Project: Sofia Romero Gutierrez is an AUB Costume and Performance Design 2017 graduate. Her new company, Sofia Romero Millinery designs and produces handmade hats that have a focus on storytelling and sustainable awareness.

Sofia began with a free Access Voucher to use our dye rooms and costume studio.

She later secured an Innovation Voucher to help her develop her first commercial range which will launch in spring 2018.

By purchasing materials and specialist equipment Sofia has been able to develop a new product range in her own studio.

The new range will be launching in early 2018.


European Structural and Investment Funds

This project is supported through match-funding by the England European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. This fund was established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. This investment will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit