A North East entrepreneur has created a new business inspired by her two pet dogs.
Harvey and Hugo PR Ltd was established by Charlotte Nichols five years ago as a public relations business to specialise in offering digital PR and marketing services including social media, SEO and blogging.
The Darlington-based firm, which has plans to double its workforce from five to 10 team members in the next five years, is named after Harvey and Hugo, the two dogs owned by managing director Ms Nichols, who has now launched a series of young children’s picture books, also named after her beloved border terriers.
The books, entitled The Naughty Tails of Harvey and Hugo, recount the troublesome duo and their daily misdemeanours.
Ms Nichols said: “The stories are all based on real life occurrences, but just exaggerated a little...or perhaps a lot.
“There are no real morals to the stories, I just want to make the children laugh.
“I’m hoping the adults will enjoy them just as much as the children and that dog-owners of every breed will be able to relate to them.
“I started writing the books some time ago, mainly as escapism; after a busy day in the corporate world, it was quite refreshing to come home and write something fun and silly.”
Nichols has enlisted the illustration services of recent University of Sunderland graduate, Ellie J Mortimer.
The first of the books, which are aimed at readers aged two to five, will be released towards the end of the year.
Nichols added: “They’re already picking up a significant social media following, which I think is a great sign.
“I’m looking forward to an idea I’ve had for so many years finally coming to fruition.”