Supporting a Successful Start-Up

Lewis Smith & Co. are delighted to have had a part to play in the success of Sarah’s Gifts and Hampers based in Ross on Wye




From a hobby to an expanding limited company in less than a year. That’s the story of Sarah’s Gifts and Hampers, an example of how well run businesses can thrive, even in difficult times.

Lewis Smith & Co. is always delighted to promote the activities of its clients, particularly when they are enjoying great success. We are particularly pleased to talk about Sarah’s Gifts and Hampers because we have had a connection with the business even before it started. Sarah Harris explains:

“In the past one of my hobbies was making my own gifts to give away as presents. Last year I was

looking to start a business of my own and my Mum suggested that I try and use those crafts skills in some way…so I did. Then my Parents gave me some more good advice when I asked who I should get accountancy support from. They had used Lewis Smith & Co. for their own business and highly recommended their services.

Sarah decided to set up an online business offering gifts and hampers. She wanted to combine the best of the local produce from around Herefordshire, Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire, where she lives, as well as providing a personal touch with keepsake gifts that are be included in some of her offers.

And it seems that she is hitting the mark:

“We had a great first Christmas, better than we even hoped for. As we have moved through 2011 occasions such as Mothers Day, Easter and Fathers Day are already generating lots of new orders.

Interestingly we are getting more corporate requests than we expected, from people like the Celtic Manor golf course which means that I now spend lots of time at networking events talking to business prospects. Next Christmas I expect us to need a warehouse to cope with orders properly and if things go to plan that will arrangement will become permanent as we keep expanding”

We have seen Sarah’s combination of creativity and hard work at first hand and we would like to congratulate her on a great start to her business enterprise and continued success.

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