Janine Armour – Barney’s Collars

Name: Janine Armour

Business name: Barney’s Collars

“We are a North East of England based company run by animal lovers, selling bespoke personalised collars for your beloved pets.”

Website: www.barneyscollars.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/barneyscollars

Twitter: @barneyscollars

Where are you based in the North East: Cleadon Village, Sunderland

When did you start your business and why?

8th October 2011. My love of animals, a desire to be my own boss and an amibition to succeed promtped me to start my own business.

What gives your business the edge?

We sell bespoke quality products at affordable prices.

What is the best thing about running your own business?

Being my own boss and having flexible hours to fit around my family.

And what is the worst?

It can sometimes be a bit lonely and isolated being mainly home based.

Describe a typical day running your business and balancing family life:

Up, breakfast, wash and dress, school run, check emails/facebook etc, admin duties, make orders made through online and agents, household chores, post office run, school run, tea and homework with family, admin/email catch up, relax with family, bed.

How do you envisage your business changing over the next 5 years?

At the moment my business is mainly centred around the stalls and events that I exhibit at. I hope within time to build my agents up futher in the North East and beyond and build my business further around them for orders.

Do you have any advice for Women in or starting a business?

Give it a go, you never know it may just be what you were dreaming of. DO NOT spend beyond your limits/budget and grow at a steady manageable pace.