Harlow & Fox spurs on start-ups with top tips

Harlow & Fox, a luxury lingerie brand specialising in larger bust sizes, has been chosen to feature in a new guide, launched by the Business is GREAT Britain campaign, to share its most invaluable piece of business advice.

Leanna Williams, founder of Harlow and Fox, is one of 34 stand-out UK small business owners to feature in the Guide, entitled The GREAT way to grow: Small businesses share their advice, to inspire and support fellow small businesses to grow.

Entrepreneurs working with the Business is GREAT campaign have stressed the importance of businesses sharing their experiences, hints and tips.

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In response, the Business is GREAT Britain campaign is running a ‘pass it on’ activity throughout March, designed to encourage businesses to share their pearl of business wisdom with the wider business community.

Harlow and Fox, which works with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to sell its products overseas, almost doubling its turnover, has now passed the advice baton onto Sandy Ruddock, co-founder of Scarlett and Mustard, a condiment company based in Woodbridge.

Williams commented: “We’re very proud of the business we have built and grown, and to pass on our most valuable piece of advice as part of the Business is GREAT campaign is fantastic. Here we join 33 other small businesses across the country highlighting their top tips for business growth, and we feel honoured to have been chosen to share our experiences with our peers.

“I always planned for my product to be international as it’s a niche item with a very specific customer base. Exhibiting at the biggest lingerie trade show in Paris last year certainly helped and led to approaches from fashion stockists in both Dubai and Australia. Exports have helped me to almost double my target turnover and I am now on track for unprecedented success in my first year.”

All businesses involved in the Guide have received Government support from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills or UK Trade & Investment, from help with exporting to new markets and tax relief for innovation, to hiring apprentices to grow their teams.

The activity will culminate at a business event held at Gatwick Airport on March 23, where small business owners, entrepreneurs and industry experts will come together to learn more about international growth and export opportunities.

Business Minister Matthew Hancock said: “Coming from a small business background I understand how important it is to learnfrom failure – as well as success. Making sure that every small business can access the advice and support they need is an important part of our plan to make Britain the best place in the world to start and grow a business.”

The guide is now available online at www.greatbusiness.gov.uk.




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