Business start-up

Peter's story

After 35 years of working in a sheet metal factory Peter retired and was looking for something new to turn his hand to. His idea for a new enterprise ended up taking him all the way to a pop-up market set up by Sovereign in Newbury.

“My younger brother had originally started to make jewellery, but sadly passed away, so I bought his equipment and beads to carry on what he’d been working on.”

“I’d never done anything like it before on my own. When I received a flyer for Sovereign’s pop-up market I thought it would be a great opportunity to see if I could make a go of selling my homemade jewellery.”

“Tahira was fantastic and talked us through the process. It was really easy to work with her and get the stall started, especially with a table and shelves being provided, and any time we had a question or query she was around to ask.”

“The market started to get really busy once people realised we were there. Over Christmas business really picked up and even during the last few weekends in January people were looking for a Valentine’s gift or two.”

“I’d love to be able to do something like the pop-up market again; not only has it helped me with my business experience, but my people skills have really improved too. I’m definitely going to carry on my business and know the skills I’ve learnt will help me with this.”

“I’m definitely going to carry on my business”