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When did you start your business & why?

I started my business in 2013 following a breast cancer diagnosis which involved 18 months of treatment and 6 operations, during which I spent a lot of time in hospital. My wonderful friends and family sent me bunches of flowers along with messages of support. However, many people don’t know that flowers aren’t allowed on hospital wards, so I was unfortunately unable to enjoy most of them, which was such a shame and such a waste. This inspired me to set up a site selling gifts that are welcome in hospitals (from surgery to new mums), cancer care packages and general get well gifts. The business has grown over the years and we now offer thoughtful gifts for all occasions from new babies to birthdays to Christmas.

 

Following my cancer diagnosis I had tests and was told that I would never be able to have children. However, 2 years ago I had my miracle baby and now have the challenge of juggling business ownership with being a mum. But I LOVE it and I feel very blessed to be a mother, and extremely proud to be a working mother.

What’s been the highlight of running your own business so far?

Watching it evolve and develop. I have built a business which is not only successful but has a real purpose. We receive a lot of feedback, not only about how our gifts have really helped and have been lovingly received, but also from customers and other cancer patients who were also inundated with flowers and gifts they were unable to enjoy during treatment and recovery.

How do you organise your time?

It’s a bit easier now my little one has started nursery. And I am lucky that he loves it! This frees me up to work 5 days a week from 9.00 until 15.00 – and catch up with everything else in the evenings and weekends. I feel like I have a good balance and make sure I do something fun with my son every day during the week – and ensure that weekends are mainly about him.

What’s the biggest life lesson you want to pass down to your children?

That you don’t get anything in life without working hard and that the ups and downs make you appreciate the smaller things in life so much more. My husband and I both run businesses and it can be hard, and it can be stressful, but it is also extremely rewarding.

What do you wish you had more time for?

Socialising and seeing my friends! I am always SOOOOO tired by the time my little one is in bed. I think that’s probably the norm with a 2-year-old though!

What’s does your ‘mum uniform’ comprise of?

I don’t need to be smart in the office as we deal with our customers purely online. As I am constantly rushing around, I dress for comfort, which usually consists of a pair of skinny jeans and a cosy, slouchy jumper from Hush or Mint Velvet and trainers or Uggs.

You can find out more about Anikka and Not Another Bunch of Flowers below.

By |2019-10-28T11:56:45+00:00December 2nd, 2019|mumbossmondays, mumtrepreneur, News|0 Comments

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