A Multi Award Winning Entrepreneur - Sarah Pittendrigh is an example of "Winners never Quit"
In 2008 I was a Director in a National Events company; we designed and delivered the most outstanding events for Blue Chip clients. The recession of that year hit our organisation hard. The down turn in business due to the recession left our company over geared and ultimately making me a bankrupt single mum.
25 years of working in luxury events is where I identified a gap in the market for specialist event table linen & chair decor with a creative edge, supported by an exceptional quality service. After experiencing shoddy service myself, I believed I could deliver better to this end of the market.
Battling bankruptcy, building a business...
I was on income support at the time of my business start-up and self-funding was never going to be an option. I wrote a detailed business plan which enabled me to secure grant funding from Business Link. This much needed financial support was the cash injection required to create and launch Simply Bows and Chair Covers.
Demand for my products was instant, and the business grew rapidly. To facilitate the growth I used the experience I gained in franchising whilst working with Land Rover and Jaguar and designed my own franchise model. I now have 10 UK based offices supplying luxury hotels with chair and table decor, which is included in their wedding packages.
Property Development, is a passion of mine. In 2016 the opportunity arose to develop my husband’s family farm. Working with an architect we designed and project managed 5 Luxury Barn Conversions ranging from 3 - 5 bedrooms. Together we transformed the farm buildings into a multi-million pound development which was completed in 2017. We have now secured further planning for Phase 2; 3 luxury 3 and 4 bedroom bungalows.
Having gone from bankruptcy to developing a market leading brand in the luxury wedding and event sector, along with developing a multi-million pound luxury property portfolio, I have the skill and experience to understand and support other businesses. I work with business owners who are looking to maximise their return on investment, whether that be in time, people or money.
I can also act as a Non-Executive Director for your business and also Interim Director on short term projects.
If you would like further information or if you would like to make an enquiry please contact me.
"Sarah Pittendrigh was a fantastic addition to our speaking roster at our small business initiative event, #SBS Small Business Sunday 2019. Sharing her journey on building up her business, as well as how to franchise a business, her session proved invaluable for our small business attendees and the feedback has been excellent! Thank you Sarah."
Jess Littlewood - #SBS Small Business Sunday, Theo Paphitis Retail Group
"Sarah is everything a successful entrepreneur should be, creative, tenacious with a clear vision on how to develop her business. She never ceases to impress me with her energy, attention to detail and most importantly, is always comfortable leading from the front with her hands on management style..."
Nick Holmes - Former MD at Rockliffe Hall, Non Executive Director positions at Gisborough Hall, Swinton Estate and Ramside Hall
"Having set up my business when I was 23, Sarah's advice and experiences in the wedding industry were a vital part in the success of my Simply Bows and Chair Covers franchise. As a franchisor, Sarah has always been on the other end of the phone to help me with my dilemmas and pass on her experience and business advice..."
Joanne Smith - Simply Bows and Chair Covers Lancashire
"Sarah was asked to support the wedding product here. Right from the first meeting she was professional, personable and down to earth. She found out as much information as possible, including attending events to get a feel for our product first hand and give her the best insight..."
Ruairidh Taylor - Hotel Manager, Gisborough Hall Hotel
"I hope our paths cross again before too long because I think you’re a brilliant example to budding doubters like me and a flipping great individual too! Thanks again for the inspiration you are and always be aware that folks like me, who’ve had the good fortune to meet you, are better for it..."
Alan Green - Corporate Photographer
"Sarah is an extremely good listener and will look at projects from all angles and give help and advice from her perspective.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Sarah as a mentor and indeed will be back in touch with her soon with regards to my next business venture..."
"I was so inspired by Sarah’s story, where she had been, what she had endured and the phenomenal success she made Simply Bows and Chair Covers I just knew I had to be a part of this great business model.
I have now been running my franchise for the last 4 years and I love it. Sarah is very supportive, knowledgeable and I know if I need advice she will always be there..."
Adele - Simply Bows & Chair Covers, South Wales