If you have read my mumpreneur story so far (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3), you will know that I got to a point where I felt I needed to find a business idea soon. I had no money of my own, and my husband is also an accountant, so I was going to have to come up with a plausible business plan, or else he would not want to invest in it. He is the scariest of Dragons, and is very risk averse.
Mum of 1 Kerry Goding decided after 14 years in the corporate telecoms industry decided she needed a change! She was sick of relying on her husband, and immediate family for childcare and thought she was missing out on her son growing up. So she bought into the well-known Raring2go! franchise and became a local magazine editor so that she could spend more quality time with her family.
babyballet’s Managing Director Claire O’Connor spotted a gap in the market within the dance industry and has created an award-winning concept and franchise business whilst being a dedicated mum to her 4 children, Harry(14), Charlie (6), Claudia (4) and Kitty (2). All Claire started with was an idea and a whole lot of determination so it’s incredible that babyballet is now the UK’s leading pre-school dance concept loved by over 8,000 children (and their grown ups) every week in 27 franchised areas!
Anna Louise Simpson, the founder of Mama Tea, was the well-deserved winner of the Best Start Up Award at the Mumpreneur Conference & Awards last year. Mama Tea is a range of naturally caffeine-free herbal teas that are aimed at pregnant and nursing women.
Karen Dell’ Armi is a designer, mum of two, Welsh Women Walking member and founder of Karen Dell’ Armi Contemporary Jewellery. Here she talks about what inspired her to start up in business and decide to take part in a charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Breast Cancer Care.
Sarah Owen is a mum of three children (aged 10,8, and 5) and founder of Pyjama Drama, which offers drama and creative play classes to 2-7 year olds. She originally came up with the concept 5 years ago because, as an ex drama teacher, she recognised the benefits that drama offers to children. After huge success in her local area, 18 months ago, she set about developing the business as a franchise and there are now 12 franchises across the UK (with more in the pipeline).