Walking stick maker to expand expand following loan

York-based walking-stick maker Neo Walk is set to expand, hire three people and safeguard nine jobs thanks to a £60k loan delivered by Business Enterprise Fund (BEF).

Founder Lyndsay Watterson created her first walking stick in her kitchen in 2013, using a wine bottle as a mould. The firm now sends exquisite acrylic walking sticks to customers worldwide. The business plans to complement the current range with a custom design service.

As the sole director of Neo Walk, Lyndsay has steered the company toward international acclaim, selling their elegant walking sticks exclusively through their dedicated website.

Neo Walk joined forces with American actress Christina Applegate who, despite her recent diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, continues to inspire millions. Together, they unveiled a limited-edition walking cane symbolising strength, elegance, and indomitable spirit.

Lyndsay, whose leg was amputated in 2010 following an MRSA infection, adapted to using a prosthetic leg. She trained to be a circus performer and participated in the 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony in London.

Lyndsay said. “Life may present unexpected challenges, but it’s in our power to turn them into opportunities. Neo Walk is not just about walking sticks; it’s a symbol of resilience, individuality, and the limitless potential within us all.”

Chris Conroy, investment manager at BEF, said, “The investment reflects our commitment to supporting women-led businesses with the finance they need to start or grow their business and impact the communities they serve. Supporting Lyndsay and Neo Walk has been incredible. Lyndsay’s tenacity and dedication to innovation is awe-inspiring. We are honoured to be a part of her remarkable journey and wish her every success as she continues to grow the business.”