Interview with Vicki from teething jewellery brand, Bo&Bel #MumBoss

Last year I loved giving fellow mums with start up or small businesses a chance to share their story and give us all some business tips. There was just no question as to whether I’d carry on, it’s one of my favourite features and I hope you enjoy these interviews too. The first mum of this year is Vicki and she runs Bo&Bel a contemporary teething jewellery brand. I wish teething jewellery had been around when my two were babies. I hated not being able to wear jewellery in those early years, and having jewellery that’s safe around babies and actually helps them when they’re teething is a winner in my eyes.

Hello, I’m Vicki, Northern girl turned Londoner. 37 year old mum to twin girls Isobel and Phoebe. Mumpreneur.

Tell us a little bit about your business

Bo&Bel is contemporary teething and breastfeeding jewellery, which is for mum to wear and baby to chew. They are made from 100% food grade silicone and meeting EN71 regulations. I choose fun, bright colours and a variety of bead shapes to give mum the choice on what she wants to wear, as you would when shopping for fashion jewellery.

What made you want to start up?

Bo&Bel started out in 2014 after becoming a mum and going through teething with twins. I stopped wearing jewellery as they pulled my necklaces, broke them and this made me lose a little bit of identity. I came up with the idea of giving mums jewellery that was safe to wear, made them feel stylish and as much about mum as it was about their teething baby because I could resonate with how it felt to be a new mum and how important feeling special meant.

Once you had the idea how did you go about turning it into a reality?

Having the twins left me little time to focus on myself so the business was just an idea I wanted to get started but I was sensible enough to wait until they started reception class at school so I have every day 9-3 to concentrate on the plans. I used the time before launch to do plenty of research and building ideas so the business was ready to go when I was.

Have you made any mistakes?

I’m proud to say I have made mistakes and it’s helped me grow. You can’t know everything so you are always going to get some things wrong along your journey. I’ve had some great people to mentor me along the way, and finding them takes time and I’ve enjoyed the process of meeting people and have had so much good advice given to me. Women who have supported women with their businesses and together we are all growing stronger together because of it.

Best thing about running your own business?

Being able to run my business around my family is the biggest benefit. I can work in school hours and be there for the girls. I love updating my Instagram and seeing all the mums share their photos wearing the teething necklaces saying how happy they make them and baby. It’s great to start from the beginning and see your hard work grow and become what you dreamt it would be.

The hardest thing?

I’ve found that starting your own business means you have to be good at time management. It can be extremely time consuming, especially in the first year or so when you are establishing yourself as a brand. I have to remind myself often to take a step away to relax and recharge!

What inspires you?

When you have so much passion for what you do, be it motherhood or work, ideas flow and you enjoy the journey. Ideas for work come at various times and I keep a note pad by my bed so I can write them down before I forget by the morning.

Any advice for anyone out there thinking of starting up their own business?

You don’t always need a business plan or a bank loan to start out but do have a focus and passion for what you are trying to achieve. If you don’t have passion for what you do it will show and you won’t enjoy it. Learn from others and ask plenty of questions from others who’ve done it before you. Research, research and research before you jump in the deep as good foundation will get you further quicker.

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I’m so excited to be partnering with Bo&Bel to give you the chance of winning one of their necklaces. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

www.boandbel.co.uk

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The winner will win a Bo and Bel teething necklace of their choice, subject to availability
Giveaway ends 12/02/2017 at 11.59pm
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  • Julie Dore - January 22, 2017 reply

    would be a gift for the niece, so anyone!

  • Jamielee Wells - January 22, 2017 reply

    I love the Mila necklace – not too bright but will go with anything. Very nice colours

  • iain maciver - January 22, 2017 reply

    a few I would choose

  • Isabel O - January 22, 2017 reply

    I love the rectangle Imogen necklace. 🙂

  • Stacey Carnell - January 22, 2017 reply

    I would choose Florence 🙂

  • lucy higgins - January 22, 2017 reply

    i love the quadrant martha necklace

  • Sarah Lambert - January 22, 2017 reply

    I like Florence 🙂

  • Alex Fowler - January 22, 2017 reply

    The Bea necklace 🙂

  • Sarah R - January 22, 2017 reply

    I like the quadrate in coco

  • Elizabeth Hinds - January 22, 2017 reply

    I love the round Kitty necklace 🙂

  • Sue McCarthy - January 22, 2017 reply

    I like Amaya

  • Lorna Ledger - January 22, 2017 reply

    Imogen – love the colours and the shape

  • Kristy Brown - January 22, 2017 reply

    I love the kitty necklace

  • Amanda - January 22, 2017 reply

    I love the Darcey necklace

  • gemma hendry - January 22, 2017 reply

    bea neclace

  • Jennifer Haden - January 23, 2017 reply

    I really love the look of Charlotte necklace, very lovely 🙂

  • Dawn Brodribb - January 23, 2017 reply

    I love the colours on dakota x

  • Michaela Smith - January 23, 2017 reply

    I love the Enid necklace!

  • leanne weir - January 23, 2017 reply

    the quadrant martha necklace please

  • Amy Pest - January 23, 2017 reply

    amaya necklace

  • Rich Tyler - January 25, 2017 reply

    I’d like the Bronte

  • katrina walsh - January 25, 2017 reply

    I like florence

  • LondonREC - January 26, 2017 reply

    I’d pick Mabel.

  • Solange - January 26, 2017 reply

    I would choose Florence.

  • abigail edkins - January 27, 2017 reply

    I would choose the jessica

  • Ems - January 28, 2017 reply

    I like the “Emma” necklace

  • Kim grantham - January 29, 2017 reply

    Great giveaway thanks ! Florescent is pretty

  • Kim grantham - January 29, 2017 reply

    Sorry florence

  • Jess Howliston - February 1, 2017 reply

    They are all beautiful but I think I would choose the Elodie round if I was lucky enough to win!

  • MANDY DOHERTY - February 2, 2017 reply

    Love the Quadrate Alexa

  • lorraine polley - February 3, 2017 reply

    love the round pippa necklace, the bright pink is very eyecatching

  • MichelleD - February 4, 2017 reply

    I love the quadrate Alexa necklace!

  • ADEINNE TONNER - February 5, 2017 reply

    I really like Pippa

  • Linda Griffiths - February 5, 2017 reply

    Pippa is lovely

  • Cara Bemrose-williams - February 6, 2017 reply

    The black hexagonal teething necklace looks like a classic to me

  • Sophie D - February 6, 2017 reply

    I would choose the Hexagon Tess – love the colours!

  • Jessica Quinn - February 7, 2017 reply

    The Elizabeth is such a great colour combo! It will go with everything!

  • Sam Goodwin - February 8, 2017 reply

    Martha is lovely and would LOVE to win for my best friend expecting a little darling in April!!

  • Mary H - February 8, 2017 reply

    I would chose the hexagon Clemmie. So lush
    http://www.boandbel.co.uk/geometric-teethingnecklace

  • Lisa Wilkinson - February 8, 2017 reply

    I love the Round Melissa Necklace

  • Tanya Deliyska - February 8, 2017 reply

    I would choose Enid.

  • Alex Leung - February 9, 2017 reply

    Love the ‘Libby’ necklace – weirdly enough this is the name we have selected for our imminent arrival if she is a girl!! Less than 3 weeks until we find out now…

  • Carol Cann - February 9, 2017 reply

    I would choose Sofia

  • Rebecca Howells - February 9, 2017 reply

    I like Dakota

  • Donna W - February 9, 2017 reply

    I like the Sophia. I like to wear colour so this necklace would go with most things I’d wear.

  • Vicki Violet Morris - February 10, 2017 reply

    These are such an excellent idea. I would pick the Minnie one 🙂

  • Hazel Murphy - February 10, 2017 reply

    I would choose Tess.

  • Andrew Hindley - February 10, 2017 reply

    Like the Joanna necklace

  • Fran - February 10, 2017 reply

    I would choose the Florence 🙂

  • JULIE WARD - February 10, 2017 reply

    Difficult choice but would go for the Kiera

  • Lucy Carter - February 10, 2017 reply

    I like the Evelyn necklace

  • steph lovatt - February 10, 2017 reply

    Love the Phoebe

  • Diana - February 10, 2017 reply

    The Bea necklace

  • Tammy Stevenson - February 10, 2017 reply

    I love the Elizabeth necklace

  • claire little - February 11, 2017 reply

    The Mila necklace as that’s my daughters name 🙂

  • Jennifer Baker - February 11, 2017 reply

    Id love this one… http://www.boandbel.co.uk/product-page/esme

    My daughter’s name is Esme, how could I not choose it xxx

  • Pauline Black - February 11, 2017 reply

    I like Dakota. Perfect for my grandson jacob

  • Kirsty Woods - February 11, 2017 reply

    I love the Meg

  • paula cheadle - February 11, 2017 reply

    Pippa is the one I’d choose

  • Bernice Cockrell - February 11, 2017 reply

    I nthink they are all very cute….but I would pick Phoebe x

  • Danielle Graves - February 11, 2017 reply

    I would choose the round necklace in black

  • Emma - February 11, 2017 reply

    Sophia

  • Hayley Todd - February 11, 2017 reply

    I love the Willow Round necklace!

  • Jamie C Millard - February 11, 2017 reply

    Pippa is ace

  • Keith Hunt - February 11, 2017 reply

    Evelyn

  • Tracey F - February 11, 2017 reply

    I’d choose the Emma necklace!

  • linda curtis - February 11, 2017 reply

    i would go for the kitty necklace
    altho they are all really nice

  • KARL BOROWY - February 11, 2017 reply

    Dakota

  • Catherine Gregory - February 11, 2017 reply

    I love the Alice necklace

  • sarah robertson - February 11, 2017 reply

    I like the Dakota one

  • Anneka Hulse - February 11, 2017 reply

    i would choose the Alexa

  • Tammy Neal - February 11, 2017 reply

    I would choose the Elizabeth one x

  • rachel golden - February 11, 2017 reply

    Alexa <3 love this colour combination

  • Rachel Craig - February 11, 2017 reply

    Evelyn necklace.

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