Two Bournemouth-based entrepreneurs, Clare Miller and Sarah Walker, have launched a borrowing and lending journal for girls who like to share, to help them keep track of what’s where – and whose it is!
Having lent and ‘lost’ various things over the years, Clare began recording everything she shared with her friends in a notebook. Says Clare, “I knew there were wine, cookery, book and travel journals out there, but I looked and couldn’t find anything that was for keeping a note of everything you borrow and lend.” When she mentioned it to Sarah, the idea grew into a business plan and the friends began working on creating one themselves.
Four years and numerous financial viability reviews, format changes and design tweaks later, The Borrowing Book is now in production. The book itself is manufactured by an environmentally-friendly printing company that only uses FSC and PEFC approved products, then finished off by hand at one of the girls’ kitchen tables. “At this early stage, we can’t afford to outsource the entire production”, says Sarah, “but this way we have quality control – and it’s actually good fun, particularly the shrinkwrapping!”
A great ‘under £10’ gift idea – and perfect Christmas stocking-filler - The Borrowing Book is available now online at www.beautifullyuseful.co.uk , priced at £9.75.
About Beautifully Useful LLP - www.beautifullyuseful.co.uk
Founded in 2010 by Clare Miller and Sarah Walker, the name of the company was inspired by the William Morris quote, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” The Borrowing Book is intended to be the first in a series of products Clare and Sarah will create, that are both beautiful and useful!
The company is committed to using products and materials that are environmentally friendly, wherever possible. The printing company, printondemand-worldwide.com, uses only FSC and PEFC approved products in manufacture and has received a 2012 Green Accreditation from Investors in the Environment.
Sarah Walker, Partner
Clare Miller, Partner
Beautifully Useful LLP, Flat 1, 15 Dunbar Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH3 7AZ
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