Today, I'm introducing you to another amazing #FemaleFollowFriday, Joanne Roberts, owner of Connie & Co, an Insta store which launched in January selling personalised childrenswear.
Jo is 28 and from Kirkby; a qualified Business teacher and mummy to Connie and partner to Edd. Jo graduated with a first class degree in Fashion Business and Promotion from Birmingham City University in 2015, also having experience in retail, sales and within the fashion and recruitment industry; as well as studying design, buying and merchandising, trend forecasting and retail management. Jo's also worked in retail stores such as M&S, River Island and as part of a management team for Warehouse in Birmingham, not only that she has also been a manager for one of the UK's well known recruitment firms.
With all of this under Joanne's belt, she then decided that she wanted to go ahead with her teaching plans and studied at Hope University in Liverpool. graduating last July with a PGCE in Business; whilst 8 months pregnant!! Since then Jo has been working on Connie & Co.
“I started Connie & Co because I’ve always wanted to start my own business, but never had the chance due to work commitments. Being on maternity leave, has been the perfect opportunity for me to dive straight in and make the most of the time that I've got off. I want to start making my passion a reality." Jo noticed when she was shopping for baby clothes that although retailers offered a personalising service, they were charging a fortune. “I wanted to be able to offer my services to mums at a much cheaper cost. I also wanted to be able to inspire my daughter to simply to do what she loves and to take chances - I'm hoping when she gets a little bit older, Connie will be the one selecting the stock from the supplier or designing a range, but for now she likes to watch the machines running and crinkle the tissue paper!”
The website is well underway and Jo hopes to have it live by the end of the month. "This is another milestone for us and we're really looking forward to its launch." The Connie & Co range will also include items personalised using Liberty prints, novelty prints and organic materials. Talks are already underway with a very well-known Liverpool artist to create an abstract collection in Spring 2019.
To add to the gorgeous childrenswear, each item is beautifully gift wrapped, with a turnaround from payment to delivery currently running at two weeks.
Social media links:
Facebook: Connie & Co