BUSINESS FROM a spare bedroom to extensive commercial premises is the result of spectacularly swift growth for Sarah Whalley’s online business, Oh So Cherished, selling stationery items.
It was nearly seven years ago Sarah started the business and ran it solo from her home, at Pondwell. Now the venture is about to move into Old Granary Barn and The Old Dairy, at Sandy Lane, Whitecroft.
Sarah bought the attractive premises because Oh So Cherished outgrew its second base at Deans Farm, near Whitwell, and acquiring it is the realisation of a dream.
"It is very exciting,"she said. "I had admired it for many years but did not think I would ever own it because it was so big, beautiful and expensive.
"Luckily, it was the right time, as the business had grown so much."
Sarah started Oh So Cherished because it was something to do while expecting her son, Flynn, and after the first year, her mum, Diane, who is also a director, came to help her.
The move to Whitwell came four years ago and now there are three more full-time staff employed to cope with the workload.
Sarah said Oh So Cherished manufactured a lot of its own products in Stockport, many of them leather-bound books.
More than 3,000 products were stocked and the extensive storage space at the new premises, as well as office space, would be ideal.
"We ship all over the world but not many Island people find us and we are hoping this move will help us build up more local customers."
Sarah’s plans include opening up The Old Dairy as a coffee shop and a shop selling gift books and stationery.