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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