Business is sweet for Rotherham entrepreneur
A business providing bespoke and tailored event hire services for weddings, as well as special occasions, has enjoyed a successful start.
Little Miss Sweetie Hire was started at the end of last year by Jodie Hodkin after she left her position as Assistant Head Teacher at a local school, to allow her to spend more time with her seven-year-old daughter and make her hobby of making delicious snacks her new vocation.
Using a Kickstart Grant from UKSE, Jodie purchased event hire equipment and covered set-up costs associated with the business.
After receiving an influx of orders over the festive period for clients such as Wetherspoons and Rotherham Parent/Carers Forum, Jodie is looking forward to helping couples make their special day memorable.
Alongside her sweet cart, filled with locally sourced sweets and homemade treats, Jodie also offers four-foot LED lights that spell out ‘LOVE’, which can be hired to display on a wedding dance floor.
Jodie commented: “The positive reception I have received since launching the business is really promising and over the last month, I have taken a lot of bookings for spring weddings, which I can’t wait to tackle.
“As my father worked for Rotherham Engineering Steel for 20 years, the work that UKSE does is something that really resonates with me. I would like to thank them and the Rotherham Investment Development Office (RIDO) for helping me set up this business and I hope it will expand both in services and personnel over the coming years.”
Alan Stanley, Regional Executive at UKSE commented: “It’s great to see Jodie provide event hire services that were not already available in the local area. Her sweet cart is charming, and I wish her all the best moving forward.”
UKSE also provides loan and equity finance of up to £1m to existing companies which are growing, particularly those creating jobs – for further information please contact the team on 0800 915 1188.