I have been privileged to work with some pretty amazing business owners, and here are some of the kind words they have shared about working with me:
“You’re doing a wonderful thing helping people just like me do something creative and providing brilliant training alongside the AMAZING business guides/training and content. I always feel like I can come to you for support and it is so lovely and reassuring to have that personal connection and a friendly and approachable person at the end of a phone/email, considering you must be so busy! Basically I just want to say I think you are an inspiration to so many and brilliant at what you’re doing! I’ve always dreamed of doing something like this and so thankful to have found you!
Looking forward to the rest of the journey!
Rebecca xx 2019”
“You’ve literally changed my life. This was the best Christmas I’ve had in so long I just feel so content and happy, and I owe it all to you xx” Cally 2019
“I would like to thank Victoria for making me feel so welcome on her Baby Life Casting course. From the minute I emailed Victoria she has been so helpful and accommodating. I had trouble leaving my baby girl and even then Victoria was so kind in letting me bring her along for the day.
Thoroughly enjoyed the day. As soon as I stepped into Victoria’s beautiful workshop, it felt so homely and everything was catered for.
The course itself was lots on hands on experience with lovely little models Victoria had organised for us to practise our castings on.
Came away from the day so inspired and couldn’t of wished for a better teacher.
From a mummy who has been on maternity for several years who had a dream of starting her own little keepsake business, Victoria supplied me with all the knowledge and tips for helping me to make it happen.
Thank you so much.
Jemma x” 2018
“I have learnt so much already and continue to be determined to grow my business to a place whereby I am able to bring in a good income and be around for my little boy. Thank you for making it affordable to stay with the group and thank you for having the vision to change the lives of other women for the better, you truly are an inspiration.”
“Hi Victoria, Thank you so much for today, I have gone from feeling totally blocked to feeling quite energised. ”
Carol – www.parklanepractice.co.uk
“What you are doing is fantastic and I am so grateful that you gave me the opportunity. I realise we pay for the package, but you really go above and beyond for us.”
” I love how you have structured our conversation into a 3 phase project. You are just the sort of person I need in my life!”
“Victoria gives so much effort, enthusiasm, knowledge and support which is what has made it possible for me to make this massive leap. Starting a new business is one of the most important decisions anyone can make and you want to be sure that you are not wasting hard earned pennies on something that leaves you in the dark and out of pocket.”
“I know this is a business for you, but on a personal note by the very nature of it…i.e. targeting mums etc, it gives people like me a life line back into society that maybe we had lost. In the short time I have been doing this I have grown in confidence so much and gained some self esteem back that I had lost along the way.
I started my journey with Lollipops & Ladybirds in 2011 just after my
son was born. I wanted to create a flexible and rewarding business
that I could fit around my growing family. I enrolled on a studio
course with Victoria and she introduced me to the wonderful world of
baby keepsakes. I learned how to create beautiful clay impressions
and prints on pottery using a variety of equipment, all of which was
completely new to me. I had no previous experience of ceramics at all.
Victoria is such a brilliant tutor. She takes things at your pace, is
full of encouragement and really makes you feel as though you can do
anything! I came away from my first session with her and knew that
this was going to be an exciting adventure…
I worked from home for a couple of years before opening my shop just
under 4 years ago. I currently employ 6 members of staff. I have
created keepsakes for hundreds of families locally and am blessed with
loyal customers who have spread the word far and wide. Customers
travel up to an hour & a half to visit me now. I am extremely proud
of my business and the products that we offer. I am under no illusion
though that what I have achieved has an awful lot to do with the
support of Victoria and everyone at The Keepsake Company.
After 6 years I am still learning. In September last year my
colleague & I enrolled on a studio course with Victoria to create our
latest keepsake range, 3D castings. It is the final step for us having
already mastered silver fingerprint jewellery and raised impressions
and we loved every minute of our training. We were absolutely
bursting with excitement to see Victoria in person because we knew we
would leave her with our heads bursting with ideas and inspiration.
She didn’t disappoint.
I couldn’t have travelled this journey on my own. We encountered a
few problems with our first few casting customers. I was so desperate
to get it right and offer amazing products that I took our failure
quite hard and literally lost sleep worrying how I would overcome it.
I didn’t need to worry. I wrote an email to Victoria and sent
pictures of my failed castings and she came back to me very quickly
with a recorded voicemail. She went through the issues in turn and
made suggestions on what we should change. Having created these
products herself, the difficulties we were facing had already proven a
challenge for Victoria in her own business so she knew exactly what to
suggest. Not only did she offer words of advice but also
encouragement. I knew that after listening to her message, we would
master the castings and we did! I am completely in love with our new
range and super proud to offer them to our customers.
Victoria, you are a diamond. Thank goodness I chose your business for
training all that time ago. I cannot recommend the training enough.
Working in isolation is a very lonely prospect. It is essential to
network with others who run businesses like ours. The Keepsake
Association offer member platforms which are invaluable when it comes
to advice and idea sharing. A problem shared and all that…..
Ceri Ashley – June 2017
Lollipops & Ladybirds Ltd