So as you all know I love to support local and started a segment where we could share, learn and inspire! It is so important to support local and share your findings with others.
During lock down, we are going to do a whole lot of these to highlight these businesses – many of which are taking HUGE strain during this time – and shed some awareness and love to all.
I discovered this divine local jewellery business and I knew I had to share! Please can I introduce you to Savage Jewellery. Their jewellery is stunning! Nicola, the #girlboss behind Savage Jewellery says their jewellery it is all about shape and texture, which leads to simple but striking pieces! They use silver, bronze and brass across their range of pieces.
We chatted to Nicola about Savage Jewellery and she had this to say to us!
Tell us a little bit about your business.
My business is Savage Jewellery, modern everyday jewellery for people who
love well designed pieces. It has been going for 19 years.
I love designing and design all the ranges that then get put into production.
Some of the ranges have been going for 19 years, they just get tweaked and
updated as we go along, these are true classics. I also do custom pieces
where I work closely with the customer to create something unique for them.
What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since
starting your own business?
Always save 10% of your turnover. You will need this for those emergencies. To
buy that piece of machinery, get you through lean months. Just do it, you will be
grateful you did.
If you are signing anything it is worth paying someone to look it over before you
Not everyone is your customer.
Where do you see your business in 5 years? Once we have gotten over the
effects of the lock down.
I think lock down has changed the way we think. I think if we can survive
lockdown then we can survive anything. I think it has made me think much more
of the immediate effects and about surviving through this to be honest. 5 years
from now wow, this seems like a lifetime away – I want to be creating my jewellery
for people to enjoy. I would have liked to have increased my reach and selling to
more shops worldwide and I also really enjoy the teaching side of it and hopefully
I will be running more hobby courses within my manufacturing business. The
running of courses was in the pipeline and then Rona came so it has been put on
the backburner for now. Hopefully I will be able to ignite this soon.
What is your advice to individuals out there wanting to start their own businesses
but are too scared?
Do it slowly, believe in yourself, things don’t have to be perfect, you can perfect as
you go along.
Start it as a side hustle to make sure it’s going to work before you give up your day
Get a support group of other business owners/friend that are business owners,
where you can share and support each other in your businesses, because it can be
lonely and daunting out there, support is imperative.
Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make
it all worth while?
That I make beautiful jewellery that puts a smile on the wearers face and on mine
when I see them wearing it.
I can be flexible with my working hours. This having been said it can be hard to
switch off when at home. I am able to be flexible when it come to my son, fetching
from school, school events, being there for him if he is sick. About two years ago hewas in hospital with pneumonia and I realised how lucky I was to be able to be there
for him and aid in his healing.
I get to be creative and this makes me happy.
How has lock down affected you, your business and your team?
It has been stressful there is no doubt about that, but also given me the opportunity
to find new ways to sell. It has pushed me to spend more time on my website as well
as the promoting of it. It makes you realise how important an online presence is.
I have shy-ed away from showing too much of myself, however Lockdown has made
me realise that people want to know who you are and more about the person behind
the brand. The ups and the downs. So I am trying to show more of Me and behind
the scenes, as this is where all the interesting things happen anyway.