A business started by two mothers who recognised a gap in the market has flourished into a company that now employs 13. Louise Bispham and Helena Hoyle named their ladies clothing boutique after their daughters Ruby and Daisy. In the short time since R&D opened its first store in Haslingden, it has already expanded into two sister shops in the town, has another in Ramsbottom and now retails in Southport.
The company won the New Business award in the 2014 Rossendale Business Awards and was a finalist in the Valley at Work award, Business of the Year and Retail Business. Louise said: “Being nominated means you take time to reflect on how much you have achieved. It made us stop and look at our business and appreciate what we had done. Winning this award will raise our profile.
Louise and Helena started the business thinking they would be working two-and-a-half days a week, instead they work seven days. But as well as having a sound head for business, the owners also have a heart for the community. In their application they said: “We strive to support local events and charities in any way we can by co-ordinating charity fashion shows. For example, in June 2014 we helped to raise in excess of £2,500 for the Sophie Lancaster Fund. We host regular coffee mornings for Macmillan Cancer Support and Comic Relief. We sponsored Haslingden’s 60’s weekend and we provide raffle prizes for all of Rossendale Hospice’s fundraising events.”
From a starting point of one part time sales assistant in October 2013 the company now has a team of nine sales assistants and also a management team of four. “This is one of our greatest achievements of which we are most proud,” they said, not just the success of the business but the fact we have been able to create so many jobs and such a strong, creative and passionate team which will propel us even further into success.”
Haslingden town centre has seen considerable regeneration in the past year with a wide range of new businesses, helped in no small way by the emergence of the Ruby and Daisy chain.
Helena added: “Haslingden has become a destination town. People are now coming here to have lunch and spend time shopping as more new businesses have come to the high street.”
Article by Catherine Smyth