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Sarah sat down with Matthew from Best of Belfast to talk about her story on how she started her business.

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Below is some information on how to listen to the podcast and Matthew's introduction of Sarah:

Meet Sarah McAnallen…

Sarah McAnallen is the CEO of McAnallen, a design-focused business that creates products with the purpose of making life easier for individuals with mobility issues. 

When Sarah was six-years-old her mum had a stroke which caused her to lose the use of her left hand — making everyday tasks difficult. It was out of this personal experience that McAnallen was born. 

While studying Product Design at Ulster University, Sarah worked closely with her mum to design a range of products including the Sock-Aid: a beautifully designed product that allows people with restricted ability to put on their own socks with one hand, while in a seated position and without the need to bend down. 

After winning countless awards and pitches, Sarah has now graduated and is taking her business forward.

In today’s episode, we chat all about what it was like to start a business while at university, how Sarah developed the confidence to speak in front of large crowds and what’s next for the future of McAnallen.

All this and more coming up on today’s show.

How To Listen

If you don’t have time to watch the full video, you can listen to today’s show with Sarah McAnallen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast or your favourite podcast app.

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Our sock aid can be used with any socks from ankle to knee height, except for compression socks. The sock aid works for both male and female adult feet up to a size 10.

How can a sock aid help you?

When your body is recovering from a back problem, you back will heal quicker if you give it time to rest. As our back is the highway for communication between the body and the brain and it helps us move all of our limbs – resting it can be very difficult. 

The best way to approach this is by limiting the movements and strain of the back such as don’t lift anything heavy, don’t make sudden movements and use products like a sock aid to help you with tasks that require a lot of stretching in the back.

How our sock aid is designed for back pain

While designing this product we obsessed over the functionality. We wanted to allow you to customise your product to your mobility level. In order to do this, the straps are designed with multiple sections along the strap in which you can put your hand or arm into. It gives you full adaptability and allows you to maintain or strive to improve your mobility level alongside our sock helper.

Why our sock aid is the best on the market?

High quality – Each one of our products is hand made from start to finish. From the stitch on the strap to the cut of the plastic. They are made from hand-woven Turkish materials, which are so soft to touch. All of this combined with our patent-pending technology results in a premium product at an affordable price.

Personal to you – Our sock aid is the only one in the world to come in a variety of colours to blend perfectly into your home and reflect your personality.

Ease of use - Whether you're using this product on a daily basis or once in a while, it's easy and simple to use. It saves you stress, time and in your day so you can sleep for a little bit longer or start your day off early.

Portable - The product is thin, flexible and can fit in seamlessly to your busy life. Perfect for getaways, simply throw it into a suitcase or bag!

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