Getting To Know Our Awards Finalists – Family Business in Norfolk sponsored by Sheringham Cottages

This family business is sponsored by a great family business in Norfolk, Sheringham Cottages! This holiday cottage business offers 6 brilliant 4 star houses in the heart of Sheringham – minutes walk to the town centre, beach, golf course and glorious walks! Their houses are ideal for families looking for a coastal getaway and they have lots of future plans for the business! Off street parking, SKY TV, Wifi, leisure club pass – Sheringham Cottages really is a home away from home. This is a family business which has been running for over 20 years – what they don’t know about North Norfolk no-one does!

This category was vey tight, with just a matter of a few votes between most businesses, so we have 5 amazing finalists which are all highlighted below:

Window To The Womb Norwich

  1. Let us know a little about your business

We provide ultrasound scans for pregnant mums from 6 weeks to full term. Offering viability, well being, gender and 4D scans.

  1. How did your business come about? What inspired you?

We wanted to provide a pregnancy service to all the mums to be of Norfolk that was safe, affordable and friendly. We where inspired by 4D scan which we missed out on our children as they where very expensive and a long drive away.

  1. Tell us how your family support you and what do they do in your business?

Debs is the digital side of the business and I work with the team on the day to day of the business. Together we drive each other to give the best we can to our clients.

  1. What’s your favourite thing about this time of year?

Seeing families meet up together to see their unborn child/grandchild. Generally there is never a dry eye in the room!

Doodle Pots Holt

  1. Let us know a little about your business

Doodle Pots is a friendly pottery painting studio in Holt. As well as offering a fun craft activity for children and adults, we also offer a hand and footprint service to our customers with little ones. We love this side of our business, helping to create timeless keepsakes for parents by using their little one’s tiny fingers and toes.

  1. How did your business come about? What inspired you?

I worked at Doodle Pots whist studying for my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and made great friends with the previous owner. After having a “proper job” for 5 years, I was offered to take on the studio. I literally jumped at the chance to have my own business. Leaving behind my secure job was terrifying, but the challenge of running a small enterprise was too appealing. My dad was extremely supportive, both financially and mentally, encouraging me to take a leap. I was inspired by my very first time in the studio, painting a piece with my mum on my 18th birthday. The magic of seeing your pot transform stayed with me throughout my job, and pushed me to want to share the experience with others.

  1. Tell us how your family support you and what do they do in your business?

My biggest support is my Dad. From the moment I frantically emailed him to say the business was potentially for sale, he has been behind me 100%. Not only did he support me financially in the purchase, he also sorts out all of our accounts, sources different advertising routes, keeps on top of the recycling and is chief cupcake buyer for the team! Doodle Dad is the best behind-the-scenes supporter.

My mum also works at the studio part time. Doodle Mum has very high paint brush and paint bottle cleaning standards and always makes sure everything is in order when she is in the studio.

Charlie, one of my best friends, is studio manager. Whilst I have been on maternity leave, Charlie has kept the studio more than just running, but has excelled in taking hundreds of creative baby prints. Doodle Charlie keeps me going and brings so many fresh ideas to the team.

My husband Sam has been amazing in letting me ditch my career and follow my heart. Doodle husband is also a carpenter (pretty damn handy when the studio needed a facelift).

We can’t forget Doodle Baby Willow, our newest team member, who supports us by creating cute new samples to show customers, but also provides the best form of distraction for the team.

  1. What’s your favourite thing about this time of year?

This time of year is the BEST, as we are beginning to see more and more babies and little people each day to create hand and footprint pottery for the festive season. The studio is always filled with a buzz between October and the end of December, we truly feel like Santa’s little elves.

Claire Carney Floral and Balloon Designs

  1. Let us know a little about your business

I am a freelance florist and Certified Balloon Artist (one of only two in Norfolk!). I create beautiful bespoke floral and balloon designs for both private and corporate clients, and focus on providing a tailored, personal service to create the perfect decor for every occasion!

  1. How did your business come about? What inspired you?

I was always happiest making things as a child but fell into a corporate career. When I had the chance of redundancy I took it and retrained in floristry and then balloon decor at college, and quickly realised I should have listened to my heart and gone for a creative career all along!

  1. Tell us how your family support you and what do they do in your business?

My husband is very supportive in many ways – as a sounding board, offering advice or an opinion as required, looking after the children or cooking (which he does much better than me…) Both of my daughters are keen to get involved and learn, and my mum and sister were my test pupils when I was assessed to become a balloon decor instructor. This came in handy as my mum was a fantastic help setting up at the PABS show earlier this year!

  1. What’s your favourite thing about this time of year?

My favourite thing about autumn is curling up on the sofa with my family on a Saturday night, with the fire lit and a glass of red wine watching Strictly

1offjewellery

  1. Let us know a little about your business

We specialise in special keepsake silver jewellery with children’s OWN prints, drawings, scan photos and handwriting to name just a few. We also have a memorial aspect of which we work closely with bereavement teams if families feel this is something that would give them comfort

  1. How did your business come about? What inspired you?

I originally got involved after buying and falling in love with my own descending heart in 2012 (which have added another 3 hearts since then!) from my (now) business partner. We got chatting and she mentioned wanting to set up home parties with consultants of which I became one. We went a different route to the original plans but my love for the jewellery remained and I became a director in 2015

  1. Tell us how your family support you and what do they do in your business?

I have 4 children 8,6,3 and 1 and due to the amount of child free time i have (ummmm not a lot!) they are very involved. Customers will often find a baby on my hip at a pop up shop or an answer to their email at 2am when up with a small person. My 2 eldest are fab at putting the kits together for me although they expect a wage from it 🙂

  1. What’s your favourite thing about this time of year?

LOVE this time of year, as soon as August school holidays are done I’m ready for jumpers, cosy nights binge watching Netflix, Welly walks with little people , pumpkins and tinsel!

Little Land Soft Play

  1. Let us know a little about your business

We are Alex & Vanessa Day owners of Little Land ® Soft Play. We are the largest soft play hire company in Norfolk & Suffolk for children’s parties and all events. Our unique soft play and inflatable equipment is exclusively only available to hire from us under our trademarked brand Little Land®.

In addition to Soft Play we also hire Inflatables, Didicars and our newest venture, children’s party tables and chairs, we aim to provide everything you need to hold an unforgettable party or event catering for under 7’s!

  1. How did your business come about? What inspired you?

Alex has been involved in the Children’s party industry since the age of 21 (and really most of his life before that), after graduating from University with a degree in Business he began working at his parents inflatable manufacturing company and Children’s Play Centre’s, where he learnt the manufacturing processes and children’s party business from the ground up.

After the birth of our first daughter Imogen, we felt there was a gap in the market for a children’s party hire business especially catering for children 0-7, there was nothing available we really liked to hire for our own daughter and so we were inspired to set up a soft play hire business offering our own designed, unique non copyrighted hire packages, we also really love parties!

  1. Tell us how your family support you and what do they do in your business?

Our biggest inspiration has got to be our children Imogen and Ella, as they grow up the more parties they have and are invited to, as they become interested in new things the more ideas we seem to have and the more our business seems to grow and grow! We never want to stand still, we are always thinking of ways to keep things fresh, new and exciting!

Our daughter Imogen started school this September, after her first week at school she came home with a picture she had painted of “A BOUNCY CASTLE!” We all laughed!

  1. What’s your favourite thing about this time of year?

Our favourite thing about this time of year has to be the build up to Christmas! The only thing better than being a child at Christmas has to be being a parent, we always go over the top making their christmases magical, anyone who knows us knows we are both big kids and we’re huge fans of Disney! We actually got engaged at Disneyland Paris so we can’t even use the kids as an excuse for that! Every year we have two big Christmas trees full of Disney decorations and every year we add some more to the collection!

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