This week sees Aldermore turn six, and as a dedicated supporter of UK SMEs, the Bank is looking to share this moment with other British firms, identifying five budding businesses that make birthdays special for individuals across the nation.
Losing her job in the recession actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Maria Goodman, who discovered a passion for baking which has since become her livelihood through cake business Molly Bakes. As well as providing birthday cakes and other edible treats for her customers, the driven entrepreneur also runs baking classes and has released two cook books.
From their design studios in Brandford and London, Tiger Prints creates quirky greetings cards, gift wrap and stationery with a difference, stocked in Marks and Spencer stores throughout the UK and in major international markets.
Party Packs sells a wide range of themed decorations, disposable catering equipment and party game sets through its online shop, covering everything from first birthday celebrations and children’s parties to themed parties for adults.
The Book of Everyone
The Book of Everyone’s team of artists creates stylish coffee table books personalised to tell the story of an individual, including a ‘milestones’ range designed as a unique gift for those celebrating landmark birthdays.
Sharky and George
Co-founders Charlie ‘Sharky’ Astor and George Whitefield arguably owe much of their business success to a remarkably patient former school house-master, who saw the funny side when the pair pulled a prank on him and offered them their first job running his daughter’s party. Since then, the children’s party planning business has become a full-time career for the two entrepreneurs and their dedicated team, offering activities including movie making workshops, mini Olympics events and cookery classes.
If you’ve been inspired by these budding businesses, take a look at Aldermore’s business finance services to learn more about accessing funding to grow your own company.
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