Tell us a little bit about your business – when it started etc:
More than just jewellery, Becky’s Boutique is all about meaningful yet effortless pieces you won’t want to take off. We hand craft each piece from our UK studio using traditional techniques and high-quality materials.
Becky’s Boutique officially launched in 2016. I started by transforming my spare room into a studio and began making jewellery that reflected the beauty of nature and meaningful symbols, which remain the essence of Becky’s Boutique today. I now have a dedicated workshop in West Sussex and sell online at Becky’s Boutique.
A brand for women by women, Becky’s Boutique was born from my ambition to inspire and empower women of all ages and cultures with the confidence to express their individuality and style.
What does a normal day consist of/look like for you?
I start every day with a cup of coffee while I catch up on emails and go through my diary to confirm the plan for the day.
I try to organise my time so that I can be focused on one main activity each day, whether that’s in the workshop at my jewellery bench making orders and stock, or in my home office working on marketing content, bookkeeping, ordering supplies and other admin.
What do you love about where you are based?
I am a country girl at heart and the beautiful English countryside has been a big influence in my life, and subsequently on my jewellery designs. Whenever I get stuck trying to solve a problem or need to clear a creative block, I love being able to take a break and go for a walk across the South Downs with my husband and the dog. It really helps me to clear my mind and reset.
What have been some of your biggest challenges during the global pandemic?
I sell online directly through my website and other marketplaces like Etsy and SilkFred, so there hasn’t been a massive impact on how I operate. The overwhelming support I’ve had on social media and in general has been incredible; it’s amazing to see people supporting me (and other small, local businesses) and seeing the value in what I can offer.
Initially, the main challenge was trying to find a balance between being well-stocked of materials and maintaining cash flow in case my business (or key suppliers) were forced to close. We managed this well and limited any disruption to the business, but I certainly learned some valuable lessons from this that I can apply to make my business stronger and continue serving my customers.
Do you have any future goals for the business or things you are looking forward to as life returns to normal (whenever that will be!)?
Yes!! There are so many exciting projects and new jewellery collections that I am working on and can’t wait to share.
How have Blue Spire helped you with your business?
Blue Spire really help me by taking the stress out of my accounting and annual self-assessment. Having a team that I can trust take care of this for me is important and allows me to spend more time making jewellery and designing new pieces – my favourite part of the job!