I opened a humble shop with my mum – now we run a £1.5million business just four years later and it’s growing | The Sun

THIS self-starter managed to turn a small shop with her mum into a multi-million pound business in less than five years.

Annie Park was backpacking in Southeast Asia in late 2019 when she went to help her mum open up a small ice cream shop in her home town.

She told CNBC: "To be honest, at first I was like, ‘ice cream shop'? I wasn't very excited about it. But it was never a question of was I going to help her or not."

Annie explained that her urge to help comes from being the only daughter to her single mum.

After opening, the store was a surprise success thanks to mum Sarah's unique and natural flavour combinations.

Mum Sarah uses fresh ingredients such as fresh cherries, rose water, apricots, and pistachios.


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Annie recalled lines out the door when they opened their first location: "It was something none of us ever expected."

The store was such a success that they opened a second location, and are already planning for a third.

Over 35 employees help bring in a whopping £1.5million in revenue each year for the formerly small ice cream shop.

Annie earns £180,000 per year now, but it took around six months for her and her mum's business to take off.

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Annie said: "I think one of the things that has really shaped where I am today is that I thought that all of these different life experiences were random and I thought I was lost.

"It’s a weird feeling of looking back and saying that none of those experiences were a waste of time, I’ve been able to combine it together and now it’s fuelling my work at Sarah’s Handmade."

Another mum-and-daughter duo launched a toy business, which sold out within the first 48 hours.

Mum Roxy and daughter Pixie managed to turn over £105,000 within the first month – and Pixie is only 10 years old.

Pixie’s Pixs sells other children's toys, clothes and accessories that have the 10-year-old's stamp of approval.

Commenting on her daughter's huge success, Roxy said she's set all this up for Pixie so she "can retire at 15" if she wants to.

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