Today I have the most gorgeous business that I discovered when I went to my very first Swish event. Rosie and Katie are the owners are Roses All Over, which hire out vintage cups and saucers for your event, as well as vintage and kitsch kinck knacks to decorate your venue. A wonderful business don’t you agree?
Why and when did you first decide to start a business?
Katie – I got married in 2006 and searched high and low for a company I could hire vintage items from. In the end I had to go over the border to Surrey to find what I needed so it sparked the idea that Sussex needed a similar service. It wasn’t until Rosie and I realised we shared a mutual fascination for the old fashioned that the cogs started whirring. And the rest is history.
Why did you choose the name of your business?
Rosie – quite simply we love all things rosy! We’re always drawn to china and props that have flowers – especially roses – painted, embroidered or printed on them. Flowers also captures that sense of being quintessentially English. More importantly we wanted to develop a brand that could expand into other business areas – watch this space!
Where did you first decide to start selling your service, and why did you decide on that method?
Rosie – We first started advertising the service online through Facebook, Twitter and our own website. As a bride to be I have relied almost solely on the internet to source ideas and suppliers so we figured that likeminded people would do the same.
Where do you find that most of your buyers/users hear about you?
Katie – mainly online; through search engines or word of mouth from other wedding suppliers or venues.
What do you enjoy most about running your own business?
Katie – choosing who we work with. We have purposely marketed our business so it is an honest reflection of who we are and how we like to work, which has attracted people who are, well, just like us!
What is the least enjoyable thing?
Both – the annual accounts!
What is your favourite item that you have in your collection right now?
Rosie – our portable gramaphone. As soon as the vintage vinyl starts spinning the party really gets going!
Is there anything you would do differently if you started the whole process again?
Both – bought a bulk order of rubber gloves and Fairy liquid – we get through heaps of both due to the fact that all of our china items are handwash only!
Do you have any advice for those following in your footsteps?
Both – Don’t be afraid to start a niche business if its something you truly believe in and which gives you great pleasure – just don’t expect it to pay the mortgage overnight! And network – both online and at events. If there’s nothing in your area you’re drawn to then organise your own networking event. And finally don’t be afraid of the competition – there’s enough room for everyone in this business. If you don’t think there is then you’re not doing it right.
What wonderful advice from two very wonderful ladies. If you want to hire ‘The Roses’ and their fabulous services, head on over to their website
PS – Fancy being a part of Making It? Or do you know somebody who would? Give me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org