The success of a bridal boutique has seen its owners celebrating a growing list of accolades.
Southsea business Creatiques, on Albert Road, is up for a whole host of awards, including Retailer of the Year in the Retail Week Interior Awards, due to be announced on November 3 in London, and a British Small Business Award.
Founded by Rob and Andrew Pearce, Creatiques launched as a home business before moving into a small space on Marmion Road in 2006.
Now in a much larger shop, co-founder Rob said they were delighted to hear they have also made it to the finals of the Hampshire Wedding Awards.
He said: ‘It’s great to get through as we are just a small independent shop in Portsmouth, up against some really big names.’
Andrew, who has also opened a hair salon at the back of the shop, said:‘We’ve doubled our turnover this year. The growth in the business has been huge.’
Last year, Creatiques was named Best Retailer at the Bridal Buyer Awards, among other plaudits.
Andrew said: ‘Building a business with your partner is a challenge, and it’s not something that all of us would be willing or able to do.
‘Working together and living together, you have got that added pressure. It might not work for everybody, but it works for us.
‘It’s been amazing really. It’s very rewarding, not just for us but as a team, to look up at the wall to see all our awards and to know what we have achieved.’