Running an SME is a difficult task in itself, but for those who choose to go into business with their partner, striving to find balance between private and professional life adds a whole new dimension to the challenge. Nevertheless, the couples behind these five budding businesses have found a way to make it work.
Founded in 1997 by Guy and Jo Schanshieff, Bambino Mio is a Northampton-based business specialising in eco-friendly reusable nappies and other baby supplies. Over the course of the company’s eighteen year history, Bambino Mio has gone from strength to strength, earning Guy an MBE in the 2011 New Year Honours List for services to business.
Anne-Marie and Vincent Woolley are the proud owners of traditional British restaurant and deli The Pantry, specialising in fine foods from the East Anglia region, many of which are sourced from other local small traders. The Newmarket eatery recently celebrated its third year in business with a weekend of celebration dinners and a miniature Farmers Market.
Photography by Justin and Emily
Not only are they a husband and wife business team, but as wedding photographers, Justin and Emily also dedicate their time to helping other couples celebrate their big day. The pair have won Best Wedding Photographer for their local region two years in a row at the Wedding Industry Expert Awards thanks to their natural photography style.
A love of illustration inspired Carrie Lewis to set up quirky laser-cut perspex jewellery brand Little Moose in 2010 with now-husband James. The pair make each item by hand in their Sussex studio and now also sell a range of unique fashion accessories, gifts and stationery from independent designers through their online store.
Quitting their careers in marketing and accountancy to turn their passion for fine chocolate into a business, Claire and Andy Burnet launched Purbeck chocolate company Chococo in 2002. The husband and wife team are proud to call themselves ethical chocolate makers, with their additive and preservative-free chocolates now on sale through major retailers like John Lewis, as well as their own two stores.
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