Julie Richards – Owner of Button Blue Crafts – Est. 2013
WHAT IS IT THAT YOU DO AS A BUSINESS?
I have an online retail business specialising in crafts and DIY wedding accessories. We have a large range of ribbons and needlecraft kits along with a wide variety of other crafting necessities. We sell through our website as well as on Ebay, Etsy and Amazon.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU RAN YOUR BUSINESS?
We started in 2013 with a market stall selling handmade bath products but soon migrated into proper crafting stock when I realised how seasonal that market was and that people were asking for the base products rather than the finished items.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BUSINESS?
Having a love of crafting and with the family all growing up it was a natural choice for me to be able to combine my passions with a business – although I get a lot less time now to craft for myself.
DO YOU WORK ON YOUR OWN OR WITH OTHERS?
It really is a family business. My daughter and cousin in law work with me at the moment.
WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE YOU STARTED YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
I have always worked in the retail trade mostly in management positions but when my family grew we had our own fast food business for a few years to allow me the flexibility of looking after the children and working part time. We sold that business when my partner went into the antiques trade and I helped for a while until my love of crafting took over!
PLANS FOR 2019?
This year I am concentrating on my new website, I would love to be able to expand into a shop but it is a little scary out on the high street at the moment with so many shops closing, so I need to find the right one for our business in the right location.
CONTACT BUTTON BLUE CRAFTS
Office 1, 8 Hansard Gate (97.21 km)