Tattoos and trophies – the owners of online baby boutique Belly Beyond, celebrate branding success at The David Awards 2009.
Taking away the Most Outstanding Fledgling Business and Most Inspired Use of Marketing Awards co-founders of Belly Beyond, Louisa Currie and Heidi Riley are absolutely rapt. “It was exciting to get to the final round” says Heidi “but to win both our categories and also be named as Highly Commended in the Supreme Award is the icing on the cake.”
Organiser of the awards, Heather Douglas, says, “The David Awards recognise the unsung heroes in home and small businesses throughout New Zealand, the “Davids” whose tenacity, courage and ingenuity place them firmly at the forefront of entrepreneurship in this country.”
The busy Mums have such passion for their business that they’ve undertaken the ultimate in branding exercise and now sport matching Belly Beyond tattoos. “Being in business has signified a huge change of lifestyle for us so it’s a fitting acknowledgement of our first venture.” says Heidi “although the tattoo is a definite one-off for me.” “I’m just grateful our logo is small!” jokes Louisa.
It was a wish from Louisa not to return to her traditional office job after having her son Zachary, now 22 months, which sparked the best friends into business. Belly Beyond is also a finalist in the upcoming Waitakere Business Awards and Louisa says “we hope our success will inspire others to turn their business ideas into a reality, it’s hard work but if you enjoy what you are doing it is totally worth it.”