Bojangle Beads began life in 2009 as a tiny bricks-and-mortar shop in the heart of Loughborough’s cultural quarter. Back then, my Mum and I decided to give it a shot at being our own bosses and having a lovely little shop to tootle about in.
Little did we know how fast our business would grow in such a short space of time; within 18 months we were on the hunt for larger premises but loved our location in Loughborough so were apprehensive about moving. Luckily, premises over twice the size became available just across the road, so we signed on the dotted line!
One week after signing the papers for the bigger shop we had our own little bombshell when we found out I was pregnant. Hey ho, I wasn’t allowed to do any of the heavy lifting when moving…I timed that well!
We fully moved into our new premises in November 2011 and were able to hold so much more choice for our customers as well as run much larger workshops.Fast forward to 2016 and here we are, with our business trading solely online. We took this step for two reasons; firstly, our online sales have rocketed so financially it was a no-brainer; secondly, I’m a Mummy now to a beautiful little boy who’s growing so very fast and the bind of running a bricks-and-mortar shop meant that I was missing out on a lot. Running the online business means I have so much more flexibility and therefore get to spend these precious years with my son.
We have lots of exciting plans for 2016, the first of which being our brand spanking new website. You’ll also see us cropping up on many more selling platforms with new product ranges and exciting ideas.