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: Heavenly Homes & Gardens
Founded by: Jade Oliver
Launched in: January 2012
You can find them: Ross-on-Wye, Bath Christmas market and online at heavenlyhomesandgardens.co.uk
Heavenly Homes and Gardens is an interiors and gifts store, specialising in faux flowers and plants, house plant pots, and rusty hearts and stars. Jade founded the business whilst working as a corporate lawyer and ran it as a side hustle for five years.
When did you switch the business from a hobby or side hustle into an oOOoofficial business?
I started the business just to make some extra pocket money but over the years it snowballed. I had been with my law firm nearly 10 years when I decided to leave – it was a terrifying but ultimately very rewarding decision.
What are your hopes for the business post-Covid?
We are looking at moving our online side of the business into its own warehouse, allowing us to expand our high street shop to create an Independent department-style store with a cafe.
What’s the best thing about being an independent retailer?
Working with my family and friends, and the amazing independent brands who supply us.
Being a small business, how have you benefitted from digital transformation?
Auto-entry bookkeeping and app-based banking has saved us literally days worth of time and paperwork every month!