Two cousins from Halifax have teamed up to open a new business together offering bespoke home furnishings.
Rachel Caulfield, 28, and Stacey Buss, 45, both from Greetland, got the idea for opening a business together while strolling around local shops.
After taking the plunge and opening A Million Little Things at Kershaw’s Garden Centre in Brighouse, the pair are delighted with the initial response they have received from customers.
Stacey said: “I was an interior designer and made curtains for 14 years.
“Rachel and I got our heads together and egged each other on to start our own business and eventually did it together.
“We’ve only been open three weeks but the feedback we’ve had has been really positive.
“We had our grand opening weekend recently and that went really well and we had a lot of positive comments.”
Stacey admits the process of starting their own company posed a lot of problems, but they have overcome them, with help from Calderdale Council and the Mid-Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.
“Everything is new to us, from the book-keeping to finding premises and suppliers.
“It’s challenging but we are really enjoying it and it all seems worth the effort.
“It’s involved six months of background work in getting it off the ground but we’ve had a lot of help from the local chamber of commerce and the council’s training courses.
“But it’s been a massive learning curve.”
The business sells furniture, ceramics, cushions, fabrics and gifts for the home.
Stacey added: “Around 20 per cent of what we sell is handmade and the rest is bought in but eventually we’d like that to be the other way round.
“We don’t hand-make everything ourselves but we have suppliers from Mytholmroyd, Cleckheaton and Leeds.
“It’s all about getting our name out there and letting people know who we are.
“We would like to offer things people can’t find elsewhere, that would be our ideal unique selling point.”