Two entrepreneurs are hoping success is on the cards after immediate success with their business.
Amy Clarke, of Cullercoats, and business partner Helen Turner, from Consett, are in the first year with their own greetings card and children’s lifestyle brand Rosie and Radish.
The pair, who got help from North Tyneside Council’s The Business Factory, have already secured deals with 20 national retailers, including department store Fenwick in Newcastle.
Even through the girls had experience of being self-employed, they received help from business advisor Janice Ross at The Business Factory.
Amy said: “There is so much to consider when establishing your own business and whilst we had each other to bounce ideas off and make sure that we had everything covered, we really wanted to make sure that when the time came to launch Rosie and Radish we had considered all our options thoroughly.
“Janice’s experience was invaluable; she supported us every step of the way.”
Amy and Helen have seen their business grow thanks to trade orders, direct approaches and through sales both online and in their catalogue.
They now plan to further expand their offering and are exploring options around gift wrap, stationery, clothing and fabrics as well as utilising their illustration and publishing experience to create Rosie and Radish story books.
Helen said: “We are really pleased with the progress we have made so far and our next big milestone would be to secure an order from a national chain.
“The support we received from The Business Factory has helped us focus on ensuring we have the foundations in place to achieve our longer term strategy.
“I would advise other entrepreneurs to be patient with their start-ups – it takes time to build up relationships and to establish a brand.
“For us, seeing our cards in a shop and knowing that we have carved out our own successful business is incredible.”
Best friends since studying art at Newcastle College, 33-year-olds Amy and Helen graduated from Nottingham Trent University with degrees in Graphic Design.
After separate careers, both returned to the north east and pursued individual creative ventures before deciding to pool their talents and in 2013, the pair launched ‘Rosie and Radish’.
The range of greeting cards feature a young girl Rosie and her pet mouse Radish.
Coun Frank Lott, North Tyneside Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for business support, said: “Amy and Helen are both incredibly talented individuals and it is great that after they have enjoyed successful careers individually, that they chose to return to their roots and set up business together in the north east.
“The Business Factory is dedicated to nurturing talented, enthusiastic individuals and supporting them in setting up their own businesses and I’m positive that ‘Rosie and Radish’ will continue to grow.”
For more information on ‘Rosie and Radish’ contact 07736 459567, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rosieandradish.com