In our new Spotlight on Small blog series, we are counting down to Small Business Saturday by going behind the scenes at fellow small businesses. This week we’d like to introduce you to Sparks Clothing.
Sparks Clothing are a mother and daughter duo who print bespoke designs for aprons, bags, or onesies; making wonderful presents for the whole family. Here we meet Deborah (the Mum!) and go behind the scenes at this inspirational business…
What inspired you to start your business?
I have been creative since I can remember. As a child I was always drawing and creating things out of paper or scraps of fabric. I started making bunting and selling at craft fairs in 2007 in my spare time and I loved it. I knew I wanted to create my own business as working for myself really appealed. I explored selling online and was approached by Notonthehighstreet.com I started selling with them in October 2007 so we are celebrating 8 years with them this year! We entered the Notonthehighstreet.com Make awards and were so excited to win Partner of the Year in 2013!
What do you love most about what you do?
I love the creative process, thinking of an idea and designing the product. And when customers love it that’s just amazing! My daughter Verity joined me as a partner in 2009 and I love the fact that I have created a family business. Working with my family is one of the best things about running my own business.
Tell us about a typical working day.
The day starts with a quick meeting with Verity to discuss the day ahead. Every day is different so there isn’t a typical day at Sparks HQ! We regularly have design meetings to discuss future collections. We both design new products so that takes up a lot of our day. We are lucky to have a great team that handle the day-to-day running, but we are very hands on and get involved with printing and packaging orders when we are needed!
What are your bestselling products?
At Sparks Clothing we are known for our aprons although we sell clothing and bags for the whole family, too. I love baking and that always inspires me to create new products for home cooks like me!
What are you doing for Small Business Saturday?
On Small Business Saturday I will probably be working from home, when running your own business there is always so much to do! Customers will be able to get a 20% discount on our website www.sparksclothing.co.uk with the code smallbusiness15. We also have free UK delivery!