This week's blog post is a little different: I am thrilled to announce we will be participating in #KensingtonMumsLive next Tuesday 6th March 1pm, to celebrate International Women's Day.
Kensington Mums founder Dina Maktabi will be hosting a live Instagram panel @kensingtonmums next Tuesday 6th March, at 1pm. She will be in conversation with Maggie Bolger, founder of Maggie and Rose, and I. We will be discussing the journey of starting your own business, whilst juggling parenthood. Join us live, for a behind the scenes view, as we discuss our experiences and top business tips.
✨ All you need to do is make sure you are following @kensingtonmums on Instagram to tune in ✨
Meet the mums:
Dina Maktabi, Founder Kensington Mums
Kensington Mums is an award winning go to platform for London families, set up by Dina Maktabi in 2011. Since becoming a mother, she felt very lonely and isolated being the first mum from her group of friends and having no family around for support, she created a network for Mothers to help them stay connected, meet like minded mums and keep them in the loop throughout their motherhood journey. Over the past six years Kensington Mums award winning site has been serving thousands of families locally through events, competitions, solid local information and more. In 2015 they launched their free to download app.
Dina's top business tips:
Do your research before setting up and try to tap into a niche market.
Do things with passion or not at all. By helping other mothers in the community, has been a great drive and passion for me since I know what it feels like to feel lonely and isolated since becoming a mother.
Delegate when you reach a stage where you can’t add more to your to do list. Your vibe attracts your tibe, so always be surrounded by like minded people.
Maggie Bolger, CEO and co-founder Maggie & Rose
Maggie is the driving force that has turned Maggie & Rose from a one Kensington club into an international brand. What started out as a simple business idea - to provide a beautiful creative space for children in surroundings that appealed to grown-ups too - hatched between Maggie and her friend and fellow co-founder Rose Astor in 2006 has turned in a business on a global scale. Mum to four children, Maggie’s driving force is a passion for building a creative and inspiring environment for families to flourish and enjoy. This has led Maggie to develop the Maggie & Rose Method of learning, a unique and visionary approach to development and education that is practiced across the group through their nurseries, holiday camps and in classes offered to members.
Maggie’s top business tips:
Hire good people – It’s so important to have wonderful people around you that are passionate about your brand and care not just about the top line, but about all the granular details that make what you do truly special.
Ask for forgiveness not permission! – Give yourself permission to do what YOU want to do and if you made a bad call, ask for forgiveness, it’s better to fail and have done something, than to regret not having done anything at all!
Make it happen! – Don’t dwell, you’ll never get anything done, go with your gut, make it happen, and evaluate successes and improvements!
Miriam Cooper, founder Mimi's Bowl
Miriam is the founder of Mimi’s Bowl she cooks modern baby and toddler recipes, from her home in West London. Mum to one little girl, now 3 years old, and her mission is to end, what she calls “baby food panic”. Today, Miriam posts and blogs daily about what they eat at home. Miriam is an ex-Harrods womenswear buyer. During her time as a buyer, cooking was not part of her everyday life; instead she was visiting brands, reviewing collections and travelling. After the birth of her daughter in 2014, Miriam rediscovered her love of home cooking, as she realised she wanted to make quick, healthy recipes for her and her daughter from scratch, but without the hassle. She began to share her modern approach to baby, toddler and family cooking; and so, Mimi’s Bowl was born.
My top business tips:
Don’t be scared to make a change and start a new venture, trust your instincts: since starting Mimi’s Bowl I haven’t looked back
Do what your passionate about and you’ll never work another day: this is so true I believe there really is a gap for a parent voice in babyfood literature with practical advice and well tested recipes
Talk to your market and consumer: I constantly engage with other parents, they are always a source of honest feedback, inspiration and great ideas