Waltham Abbey business, Coochy Coo Nappy Cakes has won a timely £10,000 makeover in a national competition, The Liberis Great British Makeover.
Owned by Lorraine Bostoff, Coochy Coo beat 1000 other entrants to win the prize after impressing celebrity judge, TV broadcaster and property developer, Melissa Porter with her entry.
Lorraine designs and makes unusual new baby gifts, using practical, everyday baby products arranged to look like a cake. She started her business by chance after making a nappy cake for her sister, who put it on Facebook. She immediately received orders and within six months had quit her job to develop the business. Lorraine is now a top seller on Amazon and has just added Tesco Direct to her growing list of stockists and resellers. She fits her business around her own two children.
Lorraine’s business is now bursting at the seams and she plans to use the makeover to build a small extension and get an extra desk, storage space and shelving for her staff. “I’m absolutely delighted and amazed to win this. It will make a huge difference to the everyday running of my business and enable me to expand. I don’t want to run a multi-million pound business, I simply want to run a successful lifestyle business with the flexibility all mums crave, to pays bills and be available for my children. I was stuck in a vicious circle of needing the space to cope with capacity, but didn’t have funds to allow me to buy bigger premises without getting into debt. This allows us to cope with daily demand for our designs and continue to fulfil and dispatch all orders on time. With the recent addition of Tescos as a reseller the increased order volumes is certainly kept us on our toes.”
Commending Lorraine, Melissa Porter said, “I admire working mothers. Having to juggle work with children is a responsibility that should be applauded. I also admire individuals who are focused and fearless enough to carve a career out of their passion and Lorraine has done just that.
Her passion, coupled with her incredible product ranges, has made her business an e-place in one of the most respected high street retailers. Lorraine and her business have officially inspired me; congratulations to a well deserved winner!”
Small business funder, Liberis launched the competition to reward hard working small business owners looking to develop their businesses. It offered the refurbishment prize because it’s one of the most common reasons why small businesses seek funding. The company has provided over £75 million of funding to help small and medium sized businesses grow.