Wow. Where did 2018 go? In what seems like two shakes of a lamb’s tail, we’re in 2019! It’s certainly been a blur of a year here at Little Beau Sheep, with so much going on I haven’t had time to stop, take stock and share everything that’s happened. With Christmas behind us, now seems the perfect opportunity to do just that. So if you’d like to grab a cuppa and accompany me, let’s take a trip back through the Little Beau Sheep diary for 2018…
January: picture perfect products. New year, new look. That was my mantra as I embarked on a fresh take for all my product photography. Working with amazing local photographer Kathryn Widdowson, we gave the Little Beau Sheep range a marvellous makeover!
February: Little Beau Sheep wins! As the Beast from the East raged outside, I received some heart-warming news: LBS had won backing from Crowdfunder and GoDaddy in their ‘What’s the Idea’ competition. What was my idea? To remove plastic packaging from my products…
March: let the crowdfunding begin. My plastic-free crowdfunding campaign gets underway to an amazing response. A massive THANK YOU to everyone who took part. Targets were hit – and exceeded. I found myself on BBC Radio Leeds and in a double page spread in the Yorkshire Post. Phew! And if that wasn’t enough, I got to meet one of my personal entrepreneurial role models, the one and only Jo Malone! Who better to pick up expert tips and advice on scents and scents-ability.
April: plastic-free packaging is go! All that fantastic funding is put to good use with a new range of plastic-free packaging for Laundry Balls and Soaps. Not to be left out, Laundry Oil, Linen Sprays and Wool Wash are all given new homes in recyclable aluminium bottles.
May: my herd goes nationwide. From the highlands to the Cotswolds, the Little Beau Sheep range can now be found in a whole new array of galleries, gift shops and garden centres. That includes The Black Sheep Brewery, Abraham Moon & Sons and Nora’s Gifts & Interiors here in my home-town of Ilkley.
June: we go big on the Big Day. Summer is the traditional time for tying the knot – and as a result, anniversaries are on the agenda too. With wool making a traditional seventh anniversary gift, we thought it the perfect opportunity to raise a glass to love, romance, marriage (and sheep).
July: The Great Yorkshire Show. Here in Yorkshire, July means one thing: The Great Yorkshire Show. For the last 2 years now, Little Beau Sheep has taken a stall in the midst of this amazing agricultural get-together. Meeting visitors from across the country and around the globe is always a thrill.
September: a helping hand from Nat West. Being accepted on to the Nat West Accelerator Scheme was a great boost for my micro business. Learning from entrepreneurial experts and business mentors about growth and networking has certainly helped raise the baa here at Little Beau Sheep.
October: giving rare breeds a boost. In partnership with my friends at Crowkeld Farm, I celebrated Wool Week with the launch of a limited-edition rare breed sheep laundry balls to help raise awareness and funds for the Rare Breed Society. Oh, and I was a finalist in the Rural Business Awards Start Up category and reached number 5 on Buzzfeed!
November: it’s all gone Etsy. As the year came to an end I was delighted, flattered and a wee bit nervous to be asked on a sustainability Q&A hosted by Etsy, the awesome handmade and vintage website. If you couldn’t make it on the night, you can catch the highlights right here right now.
December: tis the season. Christmas is always a busy time for Little Beau Sheep as our festive flock gets ready to make their way around the world. I’ve always loved this time of year and really look forward to getting cosy and spending some family time.
Before I go, I’d just like to say thankyou so much to everyone who’s shopped with Little Beau Sheep this year. All our gifts are made with love and your custom means a lot. Wishing you a truly fantastic 2019.