Nicola’s story: Day 253

Nicola’s story: Day 253

Nicola James, Owner of Iris Dares Fierce and feminine dresses for girls, made ethically in the UK I wasn’t maternal until I had children; then I turned into a tiger mam! My first daughter, Isabelle, was born in 2014. I’d been working as an addiction therapist for a...
Sam’s story: Day 251

Sam’s story: Day 251

Sam Peddie, Founder of The Barn & Wirral Candle Co A bespoke soy scented candle service that aims to ‘inspire, evoke and soothe’ I’m a great believer in doing what you love as often as possible and as much as you can, which is why I always say it’s...
Jo’s story: Day 245

Jo’s story: Day 245

Jo Lloyd, Owner of Designs from the Heart Specialising in creating unique keepsakes – including motivational mugs, decorative glassware, personalised prints and greetings cards I started my own business almost five years ago because I couldn’t afford to go back...
Maria’s story: Day 244

Maria’s story: Day 244

Maria Harris, Owner of Tallbird Records Specialising in stocking new and second-hand vinyl and CDs covering a variety of genres I opened Tallbird Records in Chesterfield on 4 October 2013. I’d just turned 50 and needed something to do to fill the hours between sending...
Kat’s story: Day 219

Kat’s story: Day 219

Kat Massey, ‘Crazy Dog Lady’ & Founder of Dolittles & Co Specialising in quality, affordable products for customers’ homes with their fur babies in mind! I’ve been self-employed for 26 years – becoming something of a serial entrepreneur with fingers in a...
Karen’s story: Day 205

Karen’s story: Day 205

Karen Flannery, Co-Owner of Foundations Retailing in luxurious and specialist lingerie and swimwear  As a teacher, you’re always told you can do better. My outcomes were outstanding, but I was constantly asked to give more. I’d wanted to do the job forever and,...