A passion for hats has led to business success for a Lapworth woman.
Janette Reddish had enjoyed a career in banking and finance but had a hankering for change.
“I got to the age of 50 and thought I’d like to try something fun and start up my own business,” said Janette.
She hasn’t looked back since and now has Harrods stocking her creations and customers coming from all over the country to buy her products.
In fact her business has proved so successful she was a finalist in the Solihull News local Business Accelerators competition.
“I’m not a milliner by trade but have always enjoyed colours and admired hats so I put the two together,” said Janette, whose business, Lapworth Hats, is based at Yew Tree Farm Craft Centre, off Stratford Road in Wootton Wawen,
Hats can be hired, bought off the shelf or made bespoke for customers by the two milliners she uses.
“We’ve been growing steadily year on year, steadily building it up and putting money back into the business,” said Janette, whose husband John runs an engineering company in Aston, Birmingham.
Her reputation has spread through word of mouth and as a result her hats have been worn at Royal garden parties, Ascot and weddings.
However despite her success she has a word of warning for anyone tempted to start up a business on their own: “Most new businesses simply cannot afford the rent and rates on the high street - I’ve been very lucky here at the craft centre, where they are very reasonable indeed.”
And this year’s fashion? “It’s a hatinator, a large disc, half way between a hat and a fascinator.”
For more details, visit www.hatsoflapworth.co.uk/.