Seven Norfolk businesses setting up in 2021
12:00 p.m. December 30, 2021
Two years of doing business during the Covid pandemic means it’s been a tough time for businesses.
Despite the uncertain times, a number of people have decided to take their chances and realize their dream of starting their own business this year.
Here are seven Norfolk entrepreneurs who started in 2021.
1. Succulents by Samuel
A student from Fakenham turned his love of houseplants into a fledgling business and now sells his terrarium designs and potted succulents online and at events across Norfolk.
Sam Bayfield began designing his own terrariums, a small ecosystem for plants, after the first containment in 2020 and continued to develop his skills before starting the business last May.
The marketing student incorporates fun themes such as shipwrecks, alien abductions and forgotten jungles into his designs.
2. Cobbled streets
A woman from Norwich has been helping local artists and designers this year after creating an online marketplace for Norfolk small businesses.
Cobbled Streets was started by Ellie, 23, in January, providing a space for businesses to sell their designs to customers online, taking a small commission from each sale in the process.
3. Sanctuary gymnasium
After months of delay, Kylie Blaver finally opened the doors to her new gym in Dereham in December.
Sanctuary Gym, at the Dereham Business Hub, is run by Miss Blaver and her business partner Paul Booth, and specializes in bodybuilding training, in which the two compete nationally.
4. Re’Treat tea
In September this year, talented baker Regina Boreisyte made her dream of owning her own cafe come true and started Tea Re’Treat on Connaught Plain in Attleborough.
Since then, the 40-year-old has impressed the people of Attleborough with her festive cakes and afternoon teas.
5. The hospitality of bread
Launched from a laptop in a guest bedroom in March 2021, Bread Hospitality offers comprehensive support to the hospitality industry, working with over 60 independent businesses across the region.
The company provides support to businesses in staffing, human resources, event management and creative design and has since been named a 2021 Norfolk Business Awards finalist for Startup of the Year.
6. Dog Grooming Clippers
In April, Leanne Bunn opened the doors to Clippers Dog Grooming, finding a line of pooches waiting at the door to get a cut.
The North Walsham dog grooming business on Miter Tavern Yard proved popular with locals and appointments were quickly made a month in advance after opening.
7. The barbers of the rue de l’Eglise
A woman from Beetley made a 34-year dream come true after opening a hair salon in her hometown of Dereham.
Jane Berry initially opened the doors to Church Street Barbers on Christmas Eve in 2020, but lockdown restrictions forced her to wait until April 2021 for her first appropriate day of customer service.