An Oxfordshire businesswoman is gearing up to celebrate a double business birthday, surrounded by teddies and other cuddly toys!
Itâs a year since 29-year old Lianne Fisher (pictured) launched her personalised teddy business Ready Teddy Go online, and six years since she started the web-based gifts company www.allthingsgifts.co.uk
From her office and workshop base on the Jennings-run Monument Park, Chalgrove, Lianne started in business in September 2007 with a range of gifts, gadgets and toys for sale. Strong interest in a range of teddy bears she sold as part of All Things Gifts sparked the idea of launching a specialist service in that market, which became Ready Teddy Go, www.readyteddygo.co.uk
Having invested Â£10,000 in a state-of-the-art 15-needle industrial embroidery machine, Lianne started to personalise teddies and a range of other cuddly toys, including pandas and penguins, with their hoodies featuring customer-chosen messages in colourful embroidered stitches.
The clothes are made to order for every occasion from newborn to birthdays, Valentineâs Day to Christmas, and even âget well soonâ. Lianne has designed all the items herself and theyâre fully tested to comply to CE and EN71 safety standards.
Lianne says: âItâs been an exciting challenge as a solo business person, starting a business in a very competitive online market…not once, but twice now. Weâre getting really positive feedback from customers on the bears and cuddly toy range, and people seem to love the idea of being able to have the hoodies embroidered in top quality stitching with whatever special occasion messages they choose.â
Jennings MD, Paul Mabbutt, says: âOne of the things we really like about Monument Park is the great variety of businesses we have here and the different skill sets people develop to make a success of their business. Lianne added another craft skill to the mix here when she joined us, and weâre delighted to wish her a happy double business birthday.â