heads to Durham to inspire budding mumpreneurs

  THE multi-million pound online marketplace,, is backing a new initiative to encourage entrepreneurial mums – dubbed ‘mumpreneurs’ -and creative sparks to launch their own businesses.

Catherine Clark, new business manager at the multi-award winning company, will be the guest speaker at an event entitled Make Local, Sell Global, in Durham next month where she will reveal what makes a successful business and how the company works with its small business partners.

The event, at Durham Town Hall on November 21, has been organised by the new initiative Durham Creatives, a free programme of mentorship, practical workshops and support aimed at firing the imaginations of talented people in County Durham and encouraging them to set up their own businesses.

The programme is being funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) money, the County Durham Economic Partnership and Durham County Council, and aims to support 60 creative business start-ups in County Durham over the next two years.

Meryl Dodd, of Durham Creatives, said: “We want to give people the support and practical advice they need to turn their dreams into a reality and set up their own businesses, whether that’s in photography and fashion or cottage crafts.

“It’s for anyone in County Durham, from a mum who wants to be more creative and fit work around her family life, to someone who wants to turn a passion or hobby into a successful business. 

 “It’s fantastic to be working with which is a hugely successful fast growing brand and one which is all about working with creative businesses who can offer original and thoughtful products.”

Catherine Clark, new business manager at, said:

“We’re very excited to attend this event. is always looking out for creative businesses and this is a great initiative to discover the next up and coming creative entrepreneurs.” was set up by mothers Sophie Cornish and Holly Tucker from their kitchen table only six years ago. Today, the South West London-based company employs nearly 100 staff and works with more than 3,000 small business partners across the UK.

The company allows the consumer to shop online and choose original and creative products from hundreds of businesses, who have been selected to appear on the website, via one shopping basket.

The entrepreneurial founders have since written an inspiring book about their experiences, entitled Build A Business From Your Kitchen Table.

To register for the event on November 21 log onto

Pic cap: Notonthehighstreet founders Sophie Cornish, left, and Holly Tucker, right.

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