Small Business Support Blog

If you are interested in reading about how to get your business visible online, with regular insights into being an entrepreneur and navigating your way through the business world, then this blog is for you!

We regularly post interesting articles on topics on leadership, management and visibility - with guest articles and features from experts in their field.

If you are interested in collaborating and would like to do a guest feature then please email [email protected] 

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  1. Kerikit Founder

    Foreword from Pamela

    This series of amazing stories from fiercely feminine entrepreneurs documents the journey of some inspirational women who have founded and built incredible brands. These are stories of reinvention, stories of unlocking creativity and pivoting during the pandemic and managing adversity to demonstrate their passion and commitment to building a future legacy.

    In this latest blog post we hear from Fashionista, Mumma and Entrepreneur Keri Jamieson - who shares her truly inspirational story of overcoming the odds to pursue her ethical bag business...

    Reasons I Started KeriKit…

    I launched KeriKit back in 2014, after having my son and then twins. I wanted a bag that I could use for the whole of motherhood, that I would be able to use as a changing bag and that I could continue using throughout my lifetime, once my children grew up. The idea for KeriKit came when, as a proud (but exhausted) Mum of 3, I couldn’t find anything like this on the market and I knew I wanted to create something that didn’t require mums to compromise and choose between practical and beautiful. Prior to having children, I had a 25 year career in designing handbags and accessories and I was a buyer at TKMaxx for years, so it’s safe to say I already knew I had a passion for bags. After having children, I knew I couldn't have this career and watch them grow up in the way I wanted to and so founding KeriKit allowed me to have both the business and time to spend with my children.

    Creating Sustainable Bags to do Good in the World

    Whilst on maternity leave I created the debut KeriKit collection, bags that bridged the gap between a designer bag, a changing bag and a mummy bag. As a Mum, I felt a responsibility to start a business with a sustainable focus, to help create a better world for my children and so I created bags that are not just a changing bag and that will last a lifetime. Since founding the business, we have continued to strive towards becoming as eco-conscious as possible and through our environmental commitment, we have introduced naked leathers into our collection and have also adopted a tree planting scheme. 

    My Journey of Resilience and Commitment to Growing an Ethical Accessories Brand

    Having founded KeriKit whilst on maternity leave, a couple of years later, when my son was 5 and the twins were 3, I needed a hip replacement due to the strain that the twin pregnancy had put on my body. However, 2 weeks after my hip replacement I was told that the operation had not gone to plan and I was required to have another operation whilst juggling the business and looking after my young children. Unfortunately, the second hip replacement surgery did not help properly and I was left in extreme pain. Having been very active prior to my hip problems, I was in a dark place of pain and resentment, all of which were having a negative impact on my business.

    On my search for a second opinion, I found another doctor who told me that not all hip replacements work and there was nothing more they could do to help and I would never be able to return to my active lifestyle. I needed to use sticks to walk, which led to feelings of shame surrounding my disability and I put on a front to show everyone I was strong and could cope. The business was getting worse because I couldn’t attend shows due to the pain I experienced when working and this was undoubtedly one of the hardest times of my life.

    Despite the dark place I found myself in, I refused to give up and eventually I found a Hip Impingement Specialist who I trusted to complete another surgery, which was a success. My body hadn’t been able to work for 4 years and my muscles were all messed up but I was determined to get back to reality. A big part of this was managing to walk unaided - which doctors had previously told me wouldn’t be possible.

    My Bag Business was my Salvation through the Darkness

    Sustainable leather bag

    After everything I had been through, KeriKit was my salvation through the dark times and I threw myself into designing the KeriKit range, I was designing solutions to my problems:

    • Backpacks are comfortable to carry and distribute your weight evenly so no extra pressure on hips or backs.

    • Strong sturdy handles.

    • Straps going across are very wide and strong, comfortable.

    5 years later, I am growing stronger, I regularly practice meditation to help me to cope and continue to practice lots of yoga and physio every day. It isn’t easy to talk about my story, but everyone has their own impossible challenges and it is important for me to tell my story so that we can empower each other as women. With the right attitude, grit and determination there is a solution out there for you and having dealt with my own impossible, I want to help other women with theirs, because girl, you've got this!

  2. Today I have invited my good friend and client Rebecca Robertson from Evolution Financial Planning to contribute this article on how a Female Independent Financial Adviser (IFA) can support your small business. Rebecca has over 20 years of experience within the financial sector and has been featured in Forbes Magazines and BBC Radio as well as being a Tedx Speaker and Amazon bestseller! As well as being experienced in supporting small business owners through her role as a Financial Planner Rebecca is also a businesswoman herself. In this blog post, Rebecca draws on both her professional and personal experience to round up all the ways a female Independent Financial Adviser can support your small business. 

    Rebecca Robertson Female IFA (1)

    The Importance of Considering your Finances as a Small Business Owner

    Whether you are a caker, a business coach, a gifting business owner or anything in between, finances are a crucial consideration for any business owner. For some women, money continues to be a taboo topic but it is so so important that as business owners, we not only prioritise our business finances but we also seek financial advice where necessary, after all, at its core every business needs to make a profit. Continue reading to find out how a female Financial Adviser can help and support you and your small business…

    How a Female Financial Adviser can add Value to your Small Business with Reliable Financial Advice

    A female Independent Financial Adviser can help your small business by putting things into perspective which will allow you to identify which of your business goals you should be focusing on and how you can achieve them. Due to the fact that your IFA will be independent, this means they have no financial interests in competing businesses or schemes that they would like you to invest in or sign up to. Therefore your female IFA will give you neutral, unbiased advice which you can trust to be reliable.

    As a small business owner, you are often required to wear all of the hats and step into various roles - from Production Manager to Marketing Director - however, for something as important as your business finances, it is a good idea to ensure you have professional advice to help your business thrive. Your female IFA can help you to make the most of any initial capital that you invested into your business and can also identify any cash flow problems or unnecessary costs, helping you to run your business in a more financially efficient way. Plus, your female IFA may also be aware of new opportunities that could benefit your business, which you have not heard of before.

    Female IFA supporting small business

    Focusing on the Future Development of your Business with a Female Independent Financial Adviser 

    Rather than just focusing on fighting the fires here and now (figuratively speaking), your female IFA can help you prepare your business for the future, so it is ready to thrive and grow. Your business will matter to your IFA, but they are not emotionally attached to it in the way you are, as the owner. This third party perspective means that your IFA will be able to see how your business works and how it should progress. 

    Female Independent Financial Advisers also have enough expertise to offer you projections about where your business is going and what actions can make this (even) better. As part of this, your IFA will ask the right questions, to help make your business more profitable and will also help with risk management, to ensure your business is as financially secure as possible while it develops. The expertise of your IFA means that you can feel confident in your business model and actions as you move towards business growth. Whereas, without a female Independent Financial Adviser, business growth can be a daunting task and can leave your business financially unstable.

    How an Independent Female Financial Adviser can Support your Small Business

    How a Female IFA can have a Positive Impact on you and your Small Business

    Not only can a female Independent Financial Adviser help to make sure your small business’ finances are in a good position, but they can also assist with your personal finances. As a small business owner, your business is your baby and so you probably spend most of your time focusing on your business and perhaps forget to take care of your personal finances. For example, your female IFA can help to support you with investing your personal funds as well as looking at your pension and retirement options.

    Nurturing your Small Business with a Female Independent Financial Adviser

    Working with a female IFA can help you to feel confident that the financial decisions you are making are what is best for your small business. Every business is unique and your female Independent Financial Adviser will provide bespoke advice, tailored to your situation and business, so you know exactly what actions you can take to get your business to where you want it to be. 

    For more information about working with a female IFA - get in touch with Rebecca and the Evolution Financial Planning team here.