Working with a team of makers - with Chloe Hannay - Willow & Bert Interiors
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Today on the podcast I am talking to Chloe Hannay, founder of Willow & Bert Interiors. Chloe is an interior designer and soft furnishings consultant who also creates bespoke beautiful handcrafted curtains, blinds, cushions, and other soft furnishings, which are always finished with a Willow and Bert signature flourish.

I absolutely love talking to Chloe. She's the first guest I've had on who offers products and a service all in one. IT was a really interesting conversation learning about the world of Interior Design, and how Chloe evolved her business from making items herself, to running a team of makers who support her business. 

I really hope that you also find it enjoyable and you learn from it and are inspired too.

Listen in to hear Chloe share:

  • An introduction to herself and her business (01:32)
  • How she came to set up her business 8 years ago (02:26)
  • How she started out making everything herself (03:33)
  • Why she started to look for other people to make items for her, and building her team (04:08)
  • How she learnt how to reupholster items (06:33)
  • Adjusting to not making the items herself (08:18)
  • Combining a product and a service (10:28)
  • Pulling together a scheme with Willow & Bert bespoke pieces & high street purchases (17:37)
  • Managing fabric supplies post Covid (21:03)
  • Working as an interior designer through the pandemic (22:54)
  • How she built her team of makers (25:25)
  • Learning to delegate when you run a small business (27:18)
  • Her number one piece of advice for other product creators (29:58)

USEFUL RESOURCES:

Willow & Bert Interiors Website

Willow & Bert Instagram

Willow & Bert Interiors Facebook

Willow & Bert Interiors Houzz

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