REAL BUSINESS. REAL PEOPLE. REAL STORIES.
Gareth Wright , Engage Convert
"Graft. Engage. Convert."
As anyone will tell you, sometimes in life, you find yourself faced with one or two of those big decisions. It was late 2013 when Gareth was made redundant. He came to a crossroads as his current agency closed its doors, and he had to decide whether he should go and find a new position in another studio, or take the leap and start his own design agency. With a large mortgage and a young family, the responsibility of such a big decision was more than felt. But a decision was made, it was now or never, and he opted to go for it!
Ray Murphy , The Haslemere Pet Company
“Keeping our four-legged friends happy and healthy”
Not many people have what it takes to start and run a successful small business. Even fewer have what it takes to pack up their bags and move to a new country to start a small business, but that’s exactly what Ray Murphy did.
Will Heatley , Smart DB Limited
“From redundant to abundant”
What do you do when you’ve been made redundant just after you’ve taken out a £280k mortgage? Do you try to find another job in the same field? Do you learn a new skill and try a job doing something new? Or, do you do what Will Heatley did, and leverage the skills and relationships you’ve developed to start your own business?
Nimisha Lakhani , Henna Haven
“Making us feel beautiful, inside and out”
It’s the age old story of the working mum…
Christina Lydon , Balloons and Tunes
“Special needs deserve special solutions”
“Music is therapy. Music moves people. It connects people in ways that no other medium can. It pulls heart strings. It acts as medicine.” ~ Benjamin Hammond Haggerty
Anna Lewis , Anna Lewis Yoga
“Bringing us health, wellness, and balance”
Unless you’ve been living in a remote part of the Amazon jungles for the past ten years, chances are you’ve tried yoga or know someone who has. With its proven health benefits, both physical and mental, it’s no wonder yoga has gained the type of overwhelming popularity that it has.
Harriet Sneath , Harry’s Pop Bakery
“Adding a little sweetness to every occasion”
“You’ve got to break a few eggs to make an omelette,” or in Harriet Sneath’s case, cake pops. Regardless of the food used in this metaphor, the meaning remains the same - In order to achieve something great, things may get a little rough along the way.
Julia Macquisten , Lucas Field Media
“Helping us see the big picture”
Many entrepreneurs and small business owners spend their days selling a product or service to individual clients. From boutiques and bakeries to restaurants and daycares, these brick and mortar small business owners cater directly to the consumer. But, not Julia Macquisten…
Samantha Gold , GoldHR
“The human side of Human Resources”
How many people can say that they know what they’re meant to do with their lives? Most of us bounce around from job to job until we find something that we like enough to stay put. Luckily for Samantha Gold, this wasn’t the case.
Andrea Smith , Hypnotherapy in Surrey
“Moving forward with positive change”
We’ve all had times in our lives where we’ve felt overwhelmed, panicked, anxious and have had trouble moving past these feelings...especially as entrepreneurs!
Sara Rounce , The Wellwoman Fitness Foundation
“Using her core values to work your core”
For anyone looking to get in shape and feel good for the summer, our next small business owner, Sara Rounce may just have the answer for you.
Kate Renninson , Molly Moocow
“Sing. Dance. Play.”
When it comes to making children smile, everyone can get on board, and nobody knows more about bringing happiness to little ones more than Kate Renninson of Molly Moocow.
Emma Siân Green , Amazing Grace
“Giving women confidence with her amazing grace”
Lot’s of single mums find themselves looking for creative ways to provide for their kids. Not all single mums, however, decide to buy a lingerie shop and make a go of..
Lucy Dixon , Lemon Entertainment
“Special Days Are Her Specialty…”
All qualities that entrepreneurs must have in order to make their dreams of small business ownership a reality. This certainly is the case for Lucy Dixon of Lemon Entertainment..
The SBS mission is a simple one: To showcase and celebrate small business owners and their stories by highlighting the challenges, hurdles, failures and triumphs that go hand in hand with building a business. By sharing these stories, we hope we can inspire, empower, and motivate all you aspiring entrepreneurs out there… and maybe be a small part of your journey as a successful small business owner.