POWER LIST 2018: Retail Stars – Allison Hawkins & Teresa Gibson, co-founders, Bustles Boutique

It has been an incredibly successful year for Bustles Boutique, which opened in Southend-on-Sea in October 2015.

In the first nine months of 2017, the retailer surpassed the previous year’s turnover and employed three part-time team members to assist with delivery and expanding its services.

Founders Allison Hawkins and Teresa Gibson also opened the Lingerie Lounge, a new space built specifically for the requirements of pre- and post-surgery clientele.

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The Lingerie Lounge provides a relaxing, non-clinical environment where ladies can be fitted by industry-
trained experts.

It is also offered as a space for the community to use, whether that be for support groups, a meeting place for the local walking club or a haven to promote health and well-being.

Southend’s Mayor Fay Evans attended the store at Victoria Shopping Centre on September 29 to officially open the Lingerie Lounge.

The launch coincided with the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, organised by Macmillan Cancer Support.

“Our connections within our local community, Allison’s monthly Macmillan ‘moving forward ‘ talk at the local hospital and our mutually beneficial partnerships with Amoena, Trulife and Silima have enabled us to bring to life The Lingerie Lounge,” said Teresa.

And Bustles Boutique’s community work doesn’t stop there. Allison and Teresa also work alongside One Love Soup Kitchen to provide lingerie and sanitary products donated by their clientele to homeless women.

Another initiative set up by Bustles in the last 12 months is the Bra Jar, a bra-saving scheme for lingerie-loving consumers.

The Bra Jar is designed to help customers save up for their next bra and build their lingerie wardrobe.

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Power List

Company: Bustles Boutique
Address: 1416 Southchurch Rd, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2NE
Tel: 01702 612050
Twitter: @BustlesBoutique
Website: www.bustlesboutique.co.uk
Focus: Lingerie and swimwear retailer

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