To celebrate Independent Retailer Month, with the help of our partners SumUp we’re spending July highlighting some incredible independent retail entrepreneurs.
SumUp helps small businesses to get paid, whether they’re starting up or leveling up, supporting entrepreneurs to make their business ‘oOOooficial’.
Business name: Bevart Designs
Founded by: Beverley Chapelhow
Launched in: March 2020
You can find them: Online at British Craft House
Bevart Designs combines a love of wood and its tactile qualities with that of pure colour, resin and copper clay to hand-make unique jewellery. With no two pieces the same, all the wood used is recycled from padouck, ebony and hardwoods from Africa, iroko wood and European oak
When did you switch the business from a hobby or side hustle into an oOOoofficial business?
I’d been creating jewellery as a hobby for a while, but decided to take in the plunge at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, switching from a hobby to a business.
What are your hopes for the business post-Covid?
As I’m early into my journey as an entrepreneur, I am primarily looking to develop my skillset as a business owner. In terms of the business, the goal is to secure physical store listings with independent and high street stores.
What’s the best thing about being an independent retailer?
Easily the best thing about being an independent retailer is being your boss, choosing your own hours and having to freedom to shape your future. I think it forces you to work harder in order to succeed. I never want to stop learning.
Being a small business, how have you benefitted from digital transformation?
Digital is essential for any small business owner. I really love technology; selling online especially over the past 12 months has been transformational in terms of reaching your customers. I love to bank online and utilise all the resources available. I wouldn’t have been able to teach this year had it not been for technology.