Wye Valley Living Show Case Study: Sarah's Gifts & Hampers
Wed, Jun 8, 2011
The Wye Valley Living Show will take place on 2nd-3rd July at Chepstow Racecourse. The first event of its kind in the area, the show will bring together businesses from all over the region showcasing their products and services in arts & crafts, food & drink, health & beauty, home & garden and toys & gifts.
Doors open 10.00am - 5.00pm. Tickets are £5.00 in advance, £6.00 on the day. Children 4-16 £2.50, children under 4 go free.
Exhibitor Case Study - small business start-up
Sarah Harris from Ross-on-Wye left her job in banking after 24 years to turn a hobby making gift baskets into a business of her own - Sarah's Gifts & Hampers.
She said: "I'd always dreamt of working for myself and I had been making Christmas hampers for friends and relatives for many years. My mum suggested that I look into setting up as a business and after initially laughing the idea off, I started to research it and realised that if I didn't go for it then I would always regret not having tried.
"The business offers gifts and hampers for every occasion throughout the year, such as Mothers' and Fathers' Day, birthdays, new born baby and the corporate market and we sell in the UK and overseas. We offer traditional wicker baskets and an eye-catching contemporary range of gift boxes and include keepsake gifts in amongst luxurious food and drink items, such as after dinner quiz games, scented candles and porcelain inscribed tokens.
"Attending shows and events is important to help increase awareness of the business and to bring the products to life in front of potential customers. It also allows me to seek feedback from people to ensure I keep up to date with the market and look to adapt my products regularly to that I can always offer new and exciting gift ideas.
"My ambition is to grow the business and not lose sight of my values around personal touch, putting the gift buyer and recipient at the forefront of everything I do, as well as buying and employing locally to support the economy."
Sarah's gifts and hampers will be on display at the Wye Valley Living Show.