Who are you? – Caroline?
This month; Caroline of Craft Events in Lancashire tells us a little about herself.
This months ‘who are you’ feature is all about Caroline Sowerby, who’s business, Crafty Events is growing from strength to strength. From starting out in 2013 with some inspiration from her daughter, Caroline’s business is becoming the events company to book with for many small local craft business’s.
I myself have exhibited at a couple of Caroline’s events and have always found them to be well run and full of great people.
I recently sat down with Caroline and asked her these questions:
Tell us a little about yourself in a few brief sentences.
I’m soon turning 39 years of age and I’m a single mother of two, soon to be 17 & 19. I’m self-employed with my business Crafty Events I’m also a qualified Personal Trainer.
When did you start your business and what was your inspiration for doing so?
I started my business in 2013 under the name of Buddha’s Beads, inspired by Shamballa bracelets and my daughter’s creative side for tie dying t shirts and selling them in the school yard. My contacts in the craft world soon grew and my business expanded into events… hence its new image and concept Crafty Events.
What is your happy song – you know the one you can’t help but smile to when you hear it?
Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond for obvious reasons!
Share something that not many people know about you…
I spent almost two years sleeping on the sofa in the lounge whilst building my business up and looking after the family! We live in our tiny two bedroom home where we have lived as a family for around 17/18 years. Now my daughter has left home and is studying medicine at Uni.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Work wise, how to do my own book keeping!
What is your favourite local business / shop / restaurant and why?
Nowhere in particular but my friends would probably say my favourite is McDonalds!
If you were planning the ultimate picnic, what would be in your hamper?
I’d have to have my red riding hood style basket with a beautiful picnic blanket. Food wise, French stick, ham, fresh orange juice, pastries and chocolate!
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I have firstly my two children, managing the household and my business Crafty Events!
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
That’s a really tough question because you wouldn’t want it to be a curse… probably to have healing powers!
What advice would you give to someone starting out in business?
Seek good advice, check out HMRC if they are running any local courses, I went on a two day business course which was the best advice I could have had! Also learn about keeping simple books yourself or get a good accountant!
Tell us a little about your business and why people should use it?
Crafty Events gives a platform to local businesses to get together and get out there into the community with our events. Essentially we are community based, we offer everyone a great day out and a chance to support local small businesses at the same time! Crafty Events could not exist without all the great businesses who book onto our events! There’s some fantastic talented and creative people within the local cottage industry.
Anything new coming up that we should know about?
Christmas Events can be found on Crafty Events Facebook page and next year watch out for us at Chorley Flower Show and the Lancashire Festival.
Do you like your picture being taken?
I don’t mind, but having studied photography myself I’m happier behind the camera!
Where is the weekend getaway destination you love?
The Lake District, I’m a country girl at heart!
Next month we have Rebecca Brown, one of Lancashire’s best Make Up Artists.