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New venture is a real family affair

WHEN Mary Shelton and Bernadette Potter couldn’t find the product they were looking for they came up with a novel solution - they’d make it themselves.

WHEN Mary Shelton and Bernadette Potter couldn’t find the product they were looking for they came up with a novel solution - they’d make it themselves.

And so the Solihull cousins set about discussing, designing and finding someone to make a costume jewellery stand. A few years down the line and they’re getting ready to officially launch the item.

“Neither of us had any experience of doing anything like this,” said Mary. “We didn’t even tell our husbands for ages because we didn’t know what they’d say about it. We had to in the end of course - but it was a long time after we started it all.”

To begin with, the pair looked at the possibility of making the stand in China, but they also wanted to consider the options of making the product locally.

Luckily they tracked down a firm in Stourbridge that could handle the job and they’ll be flying the flag for Britain’s beleaguered manufacturing industry. Now the 57-year-old mums are looking forward to their product hitting the shelves - although it will be available online to begin with.

“I think what we’ve done should be a lesson to anyone who has an idea,” said Bernadette.

“We’d never done anything like this before, but we decided to go for it and we would encourage anyone else to do the same. If you don’t try then you’ll never know.”

The launch will be taking place at the Manor House, Solihull High Street on October 17. To find out more about the venture go to www.mabe-designs.com.

 

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