Muddy meets Lisa Angel
Way ahead of the recent naming trend - Lisa Angel is the queen of personalisation and we got the lowdown on her favourite Norfolk places and tips on how to be a succesful mumtrepreneur!
From cottage industry beginnings to global success, Lisa Angel (46) is one of Norfolk’s true success stories.
With two retail outlets in Norwich, a global website, a major partner with notonthehightstreet.com and concessions in three Topshop stores, Lisa is flying high with her beautiful jewellery and homeware business.
I love the fact that all of her trendy trinkets are accessible both in terms of price and generational appeal. You’ll often find my daughters and me having a mooch around the store on Norwich’s Lower Gate Lane.
I was super excited to chat to the busy mum of three at Lisa Angel HQ, where I got to eye up lots of sparkly loveliness, play with her two gorgeous Havaton hounds and get the inside gossip on how to become a successful mumtrepreneur.
I love a cheeky madras, and the Tamarind in Blofield Heath is probably my favourite restaurant – it helps that it’s in my village. A close second would be vegetarian Indian Namaste in Norwich. It’s BYOB which helpfully limits alcohol consumption as you feel embarrassed rocking up with too much!
The Norwich Dining Room at Cinema City is also great for a veggie burger and chips.
Winterton beach is my favourite for dog walking. I love being outdoors and we always try to do at least one thing as a family at the weekend. There’s a danger when you’re self-employed for your work and leisure time boundaries to become blurred. It’s incredibly important to differentiate the week and the weekend.
Luckily for me Imagine Spa in Blofield is close by and they do a fabulous facial and scalp massage. My husband and I always make sure we get away for two weekends a year to celebrate our birthdays and I can recommend the Lifehouse Spa and Hotel and Maison Talbooth both in Essex. Not too far to travel and both are perfect if you’re looking for a relaxing escape.
Best Lisa Angel moment
I have two ‘wow’ moments. We were the first £1 million pound partner of ‘Not on the High Street’ and I got to talk to the staff about our journey, which was overwhelming. Also getting our Topshop concessions and especially in the Oxford Circus store, which was just a dream come true.
Best tip for juggling work and home
I’m not naturally organised, so I tend to stick to one task at a time. I always make sure the jobs in the house are done before I leave for work as I hate coming home to piles of washing up. Juggling being a mum and a business owner can sometimes be a challenge, so I need to be in control at home, otherwise everything becomes too overwhelming. My daughter is old enough to help out around the house and earn some extra pocket money by doing chores!
Best tip for being a successful mumtrepreneur
Setting out on your own can be daunting so you need to be 100% passionate about what you’re doing. It’s this energy and enthusiasm which will carry you through some of the tougher moments.
Look after yourself and stay healthy with a good diet and exercise. I wasn’t always good at that bit and would run myself into the ground. You need to be at your best to manage the pressure and responsibility that comes with a growing business.
It’s also important to acknowledge that you can’t do everything yourself. I learned early not to persist with the things I’m not passionate about, such as techie things – I spent a whole day trying to get my computer to work once. It can be a waste of precious time. Even when budgets are tight, it’s worth looking at business coaches and grants that can help develop areas of the business that you’re not qualified in.
Best advice on stress
I love yoga – it really helps to manage my stress and I do it every morning before work. I get up, sort the kids’ breakfast and school bags etc. and then I can be left in peace for twenty minutes. It’s a great way to start the day. I also go to the Yoga Tree in Norwich. They offer a range of classes across the day/week and the early morning class comes with a healthy breakfast chia pot or smoothie.
Hot off the press – we are collaborating with Fitness Coach and blogger Carly Rowena and have just launched a new range entitled ‘Move your Mind’. The capsule collection consists of eight pieces (four necklaces, a bracelet and three earring sets) to combine, layer and personalise and the message is all about positive thinking.
I want to make Lisa Angel as eco-friendly as possible when it comes to packaging and process, to help shoppers become more conscious consumers.
Finally, despite the website being the larger part of the business I’m really keen to expand our high street presence – so watch this space!
Visit Lisa Angel in-store at intu Chapelfield or on Lower Gate lane or go to www.lisaangel.co.uk – don’t blame us if you spend a small fortune!