My name is Laura Morrow and I opened a retail shop called Casa bebé in Paisley, Scotland in Spetember 2012. I also have an e-commerce site www.casabebe.co.uk. Casa bebé which means ‘baby & home’ in Spanish, was inspired by the birth of my daughter Christy in 2006 and many visits to Spain on holiday. I discovered that the beautiful baby products that were easily available to purchase in Spain, were much more difficult to track down in the UK, this is when I began to think about setting up my own business. I sell baby furniture, baby accessories and a range of homeware too. When I set the business up, I only delivered furniture locally, I now ship it all over the UK and worldwide. I’ve tried to create a brand that people will love, and I hope to expand the business going forward.
What has been your biggest challenge so far?
Recovering from a fire that almost destroyed my business. I opened my shop Casa bebé on the 1st of September 2012, and on the 24th of February 2013 there was a huge fire in the adjacent building. It burnt the building that was joined onto mine to the ground and had it not been for a thick sandstone gable wall in between the two buildings I would’ve lost everything. The shop was badly smoke damaged and the ceilings came in, I had to close for just over a month and work round the clock to get back on track. It was a scary time, but it made me appreciate everything I have more.
How do you define success?
For me success is all about loving what you do. I had so many jobs before that I hated and this is the first time i’ve done something that i really love and feel passionate about. I think if you love what you do, it makes you more driven, more enthusiastic and it makes you work harder!
If you could give your start-up self one piece of advice what would it be?
Believe in yourself more and never give up!
What is your guilty pleasure?
I love Spa days when I can find the time – great for relaxing and recharging my batteries!