Sale shoes led to business idea for determined Jennie

LOOKING ALL WHITE From left, A Bride-2-Bee's Jennie Goodman, Graham Cooper, from Barclays, and Fareham MP Mark Hoban. Picture: Zoe Wentzell Photography
LOOKING ALL WHITE From left, A Bride-2-Bee's Jennie Goodman, Graham Cooper, from Barclays, and Fareham MP Mark Hoban. Picture: Zoe Wentzell Photography
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A CHANCE find of bridal shoes in a sale has led to a reinvented entrepreneur celebrating her first six months in business.

Jennie Goodman was working at the University of Southampton when her wedding planning led her to a bridal shop selling 20 shoes at knock-down prices.

Jennie bought the lot, sold them on and began to develop an online bridal accessory business.

When one of her contacts retired, Jenny took the shop over and has turned A Bride-2-Bee in Warsash into a successful brand.

Jennie said: ‘I was at a point in my life when I needed to do something else and this was too good an opportunity to miss.

‘Making all the arrangements was incredibly exciting, albeit demanding with two small children and my nine-to-five job on top, but the shop opened as planned on March 1 and immediately I knew I had made the right decision as we were busy from day one.’

Jennie has seven people to run the shop with her and is looking into the possibility of recruiting an apprentice.

She believes the key to her initial success was her research and preparation.

‘I worked hard on developing a strong business case and approached Barclays about a business account,’ she said.

‘I was really impressed with what they had to offer, and my business manager Liana Brazier has been absolutely amazing and genuinely interested in supporting me. She came along and spent a day working in the shop with me to understand my business.’

Fareham MP Mark Hoban and Barclays area business manager Graham Cooper visited Jennie to mark the milestone.

Mr Hoban said: ‘It is great to see banks supporting local business like A Bride-2-Bee.

‘Thanks to Jennie’s determination and Barclays’ support A Bride-2-Bee is not only making a bride’s day special but also providing jobs for local people.’

Mr Cooper added: ‘Jennie clearly has the knowledge and determination to run a thriving business. It is a pleasure to support her and I am confident she will make a great success of her business.’