GIDDY LIKE A KIPPER!
Formed in a garden shed in 1999 by business partners Heidi Bowman BA Hons and Steve Clawson (formerly called FISH craft and design), Giddy Kipper can now be found in an old malthouse in rural Lincolnshire.
After completing a textile degree and living and working in Manchester for 6 years, Heidi returned to her Lincolnshire base. Steve also returned to Lincolnshire from working in London and the couple, who have been friends for 20 years, set up their own business – combining Heidi’s artistic skills and Steve’s business knowledge.
Steve soon showed great talent for hitting things with hammers and Heidi who had been ‘colouring-in’ for years (as a freelance designer!), quickly built up their first range – inspired by the sea and family holidays spent on the North Norfolk coast, and began travelling to craft shows to sell their wares.
They now produce over 100 excellent and original home accessories, small pieces of furniture, decorative items and gifts. All of the items are handmade by the partners and hand painted by Heidi.
Their ranges now cover fun stuff for Kids, the ever-popular seaside and rustic country-style
DREAMWALLSTYLE INTERVIEW WITH GIDDY KIPPER
Q1. What is it you do and what services do you offer ?
A. Handmade home accessories, decorative items and personalised gifts all hand painted and hand finished by myself, partner Steve and our small Giddy Kipper crew! Our ranges cover Coast, Country and Kids but our most popular range is definitely our Wedding range!
Q2.When and why did you start your business ?
A.We launched Giddy Kipper at The Country Living Fair in 2004 and introduced our Wedding range in 2006 after numerous enquiries for us to make items for weddings from enthusiastic brides! Since then it has grown into a range of gifts for Brides & Grooms, favours & venue decorations covering a wide range of themes and colour schemes
Q3. What inspires you ?
A. Everything! Ideas come from all sorts of places..I devour magazines and love to gather ideas from tv shows to snippets of conversation! A comment, colour or photo can trigger a wealth of product ideas..I have my sketchbook handy at all times to make sure I can scribble down ideas when they come to me. We’re also regularly asked to make special pieces for weddings and try to oblige if at all possible to make the day truly special and personalised for the bride & groom.
Q4. What has been your favourite product and why ?
A. I don’t think I actually have one! I really do love everything that we make and I love painting the designs. My favourite part though is adding the names and dates to the personalised items and thinking that our products are part of someone’s special day. I once painted 150 wooden tags as place names for a wedding in Brazil, 20 sailboats with Greek names for table decorations at a wedding in South Africa and 60 personalised hearts to give to guests at a wedding in Barbados!
Q5. Whats your greatest achievement ?
A. We’re very proud of all our achievements – from building our business up from our humble beginnings in the garden shed to now residing in an old malthouse with 2 members of staff (with another joining us this Christmas), having products featured in the vast majority of national magazines & newspapers including Coast, Country Living, Period Living, Country Homes & Interiors, Homes & Antiques, Wedding, Wedding Ideas, Perfect Wedding, You & Your Wedding, Daily Mail, Daily Express…..(to name but a few!) and this year we were immensely proud to have been nominated for a Wedding Ideas award for Best Special Touches – we made it to the final 5 and only lost out to the huge wedding company Confetti! We have also just been nominated for a further 2 awards in the notonthehighstreet.com Make Awards for Creative Business of the Year and Best Customer Service – a big achievement to be picked from 1800 small businesses!
Q 6. Whats the future for your Business?
A.We have just welcomed our 2nd baby boy into the world so I am currently on maternity leave but I am bursting with ideas! We have recently discussed expanding the business, taking on more staff and adding a lots of new products, so we are very excited about our plans! We’re also working on a new website which we cannot wait to launch
Thank you so much Heidi for taking time out to speak to DreamwallStyle, we love Giddy Kipper and wish you all the best for the future, your story is inspirational.
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