“If you’re going to do something, do it, and do it right” Roisin from F.R. Cathcart Ltd

Roisin from F.R. Cathcart Ltd is a special person I helped way back set up their now booming eCommerce website, and have massively progressed since then and I hope will continue to do so! The F.R. Cathcart Ltd business started 40 years ago as a brick and mortar store in Northern Ireland and they supply everything from home and garden to hardware and building supplies. The store mainly sold building supplies until the credit crunch occurred, so as a family business they decided to diversify what they offered and delved into more a of a lifestyle store.

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Some thoughts from the interview

“I am in the business about 5 years and we were set up as a timber importer, we progressed on to hardware, building supplies and general “stuff”. Things were going really well as were most builder suppliers but then the well-advertised credit crunch occurred so we as a family business had a look around and identified a need to diversify our offering. So we got into the lifestyle side of the market, we now have a garden centre, a coffee shop, a big gift ware range and we focus a lot on paint and home décor and have a few aspirational paint brands.”

“We started to look at our typical customer and our typical customer ended up being a lot like me. I have 2 young children, I work full time and my husband works full time and we don’t have a lot of time to go shop. We made this realisation and the topic of website of things had come up.”

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“If you love something, then I think you can make it work, I think you really can” Helen from Lente Designs

Ecommerce business Lente Designs has been running for over 6 years by herself with casual staff over busy periods, Lente Designs started very slowly running 3 days a week. The couple not happy with their day to day jobs decided to plunge into making their own business. Taking a risk and taking out money on their credit card and buying fabrics to make their own designs for the niche market of iPad & tablet covers, designed by themselves along with help Lente Designs aims to provide quality cases for a little cost as possible.

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Some thoughts from the interview

“The business started very slowly to begin with. I was working 3 days a week in a facilities managing role which I was hating, my husband wasn’t very happy in the job he had and we kept looking at each other and thinking we really need to do something. We had been talking about setting up our own business but being quite risk adverse so we just delayed and delayed.”

“We took some money from the credit card and we invested in some fabrics and linked up with other businesses and other factories and basically worked really hard to set up the business.”

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“If you don’t include everything into your matrix, you will find it very hard to make any money” Andrew from Engineers Mate LTD

Andrew runs Engineers Mate with 3 other directors, starting in 2011 the eCommerce business is relatively new, they have 2 branches; one in Dudley and one in Halford, they also have 2 trade counters as well as trading on multi-channel platforms such as eBay, Amazon and their own website. Starting with their first order on 28th August 2012 they planned for the business to be completely online on their website, but then delved into eBay and Amazon to expand their eCommerce dominance.

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Some thoughts from the interview

“We started the business, the first order was the 14th of Janurary 2012. We originally set it to be completely online business operating 100% from our website. We then found out what the potential was with eBay and we quickly opened a shop and that grew from strength to strength. We decided to join Amazon in 2014.”

“The potential hasn’t really been reached for us in Amazon but we know the potential is there.”

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“Just go for it, don’t say OK well maybe I’ll do it tomorrow, maybe I’ll do it next week, just take the bull by the horns and go for it” Michael from Supplement Warehouse

Michael has been in the supplement business for approximately 11 years starting way back in 2004. Finally in 2008 he took the chance to buy out the owner of the company so he could pursue his own eCommerce adventures. In 2011 he took the chance to open up a store in East London which runs alongside their own multi-channel websites and has now been running for 4 years and it’s been very successful. The family run business focuses their lives around health and fitness so the company is a joy for them to work with.

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Some thoughts from the interview

“I have been in the supplement business for approximately 11 years now. We started in 2004. I started working for the supplement warehouse actually maintaining their website, sourcing their products and updating their warehouse.”

“In 2008 I decided to take the chance and buy out the owner of the company.”

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