A NEW grandmother was inspired to set up in business after struggling to find baby gifts to mark the birth of the extra addition to her family.
Geraldine McHugh, a semi-retired primary school teacher from Whickham, wanted to buy a new baby gift basket but came home empty handed after searching in department stores and online.
After reading a magazine article about women aged over 50 starting their own businesses, she decided to start her own enterprise supplying baby baskets for newborn infants up to six months.
Beau Baby Bundles is selling wicker baskets filled with baby clothes and teddy bears in a range of shapes and sizes.
Ms McHugh said: “The gift baskets are made from fast growing sustainable willow, and the paint is eco-friendly paint – allergy tested and approved by the Asthma Association. So mums can rest assured that the products are safety tested to the highest standard.
“And all the gift packaging is sourced from eco-friendly recycled materials as I am keen to be green with all aspects of the business.
“I’m so excited at setting up my new business. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and working from home is ideal as it means I can be on hand to look after my grandchild.
“It’s been really hard work setting everything up but already the first orders are coming in.”
She has brought illustrator daughter Jen onboard to design the Beau Baby Bundles logo for the business, help with the website and design a range of bespoke baby pictures.