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We won our #SBS on November 7th 2010 after just one previous try! We were thrilled to have been picked and the response was immediate and amazing!
Our business has gone from strength to strength - our turnover has quadrupled in the last two years, we've been shortlisted for Customer Service and Creative Business of the Year awards (Notonthehighstreet Make Awards) and we won Best Special Touches category at The Wedding Ideas Awards 2012!
Profile Photo courtesy of Emma Case Photography
Giddy Kipper formed by business partners Heidi Bowman BA Hons and Steve Clawson, can be found in an old malthouse in rural Lincolnshire.After completing a textile degree and living and working in Manchester for 6 years, Heidi returned to her Lincolnshire base. Steve also returned to Lincolnshire from working in London and the couple, who have been friends for 20 years, set up their own business - combining Heidi's artistic skills and Steve's business knowledge.Steve soon showed great talent for hitting things with hammers and Heidi who had been 'colouring-in' for years (as a freelance designer!. . . working as a greeting card artist for companies such as Hallmark and selling childrens' textile designs in the UK, Europe and America), decided to put their skills to a more practical use. They quickly built up their first range - inspired by the sea and family holidays spent on the North Norfolk coast, and began travelling to craft shows & Country Living Fairs to sell their wares.
They now produce excellent and original home accessories, decorative items and gifts. All of the items are handmade by the partners and hand painted by Heidi and their small team. Their ranges now cover fun stuff for Kids, the ever-popular seaside and rustic country-style and a new Wedding range.
Use as many free PR tools as you can! Twitter is an absolute must for small businesses and look out for small business promotional opportunities (erm...SBS anyone!?) Magazines need to fill their pages each month so contact relevant publications with your products and persevere! For more PR tips read my guest blog post on Getting Media Coverage