Hanham mum sets up new small business fair
Laura, pictured with her three boys, is hoping to give small ventures, like her own, a much-needed platform
A MUM of three is using her entrepreneurial skills to help small businesses in the area.
Laura Church runs two ventures from home in Hanham in order to juggle life with her three young boys, Dylan, 10, Toby, six, and 10-month-old Archie.
The qualified florist has an online Facebook shop, called LJ Flowers and Plants, and also looks after a team of around 60 Avon representatives.
Now she has come up with the brainwave of holding a business fayre at Hanham Community Centre in a bid to shine the spotlight on other small enterprises.
She hopes members of the public will turn out in force when the fair takes place later this month.
Laura, 32, who is married to John, said: “My dream has been to own my own florist shop but with having three boys and the costs involved, it has been challenging.
“At the the moment I market my flower business through Facebook and other social media to get my name and reputation out there but competition is tough. As I am running it from home I can keep the costs lower so my customers can have a better deal on flowers and plants.”
Laura had been selling her wares at car boot sales, table top sales and summer and winter fairs but found a lack of support from organisers.
“Organisers only seem to be interested in themselves so I'm looking to help individual stall holders by getting their names out there and hopefully generate enough interest and publicity so that they can thrive and make a profit.
“Some of the people I have met who run small businesses need this extra income to help pay bills, loans and school costs like dinners and trips.
“I think this is a great opportunity for local people who have a talent for cake making, jewellery designs, handmade gifts and so on to show their skills and get their name out there so local people know they can go to somewhere other than the big supermarkets.”
Laura reached out to businesses through social media and was inundated with people wanting to take part.
“I put out a simple ad saying I was looking for mumpreneurs, dadpreneurs and small business owners and had a fantastic response. I'm now fully booked with 28 stalls. I'm hoping this really takes off and gets the footfall it needs to be a success.”
The event takes place at Hanham Community Centre on Saturday February 15 from 10am-1pm.
Stalls include handmade gifts and crafts, personalised gifts, food stalls, flowers and plants, jewellery and books. Refreshments will be available. Entry is free and includes a raffle ticket.
You can find out more by searching 'Fantastic Entrepreneurial Event' on Facebook.