Baby clothes firm's growth spurt
A COUPLE who found it difficult to find work when they moved to the Plymouth area have set up their own business.
Re-Jenn Children's Clothing, in Ivybridge's Glanvilles Mill, is the brainchild of Jenny and Adrian Scutter.
After being unemployed for three years, the pair started buying and selling children's clothes at car boot sales.
They began with baby clothing from their now three-year-old son Finley.
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Mrs Scutter said: "We had all sorts of plans when we moved from Swindon – but they fell through.
"Benefits are not enough to live on so we had to do something.
"I'd kept Finley's clothes and baby items in good condition so thought I'd sell them. We've slowly grown our buying and selling business."
The couple were referred to Working Links, which delivers the Enterprise Coaching programme in Plymouth and surrounding area, funded through the South West European Regional Development Fund and Plymouth City Council.
The scheme, which started in June 2010, has helped more than 1,000 people look at starting-up businesses.
Mrs Scutter said: "We needed help setting up and someone mentioned Working Links.
"It has given us great advice and guidance and referred us to Outset to undertake courses in aspects of starting a business.
"We were also helped by The Ivybridge Fish Company. They spotted our stall at a car boot sale, saw what we could do and made us a business proposition on their upstairs premises – without their help we couldn't have made it work.
"We only launched in August but have been overwhelmed by the support and custom we have been getting.
"We've even taken on a volunteer who wants retail experience before she goes to university."
Re-Jenn Children's Clothing buys and sells all children's items apart from toys.
It even sells cots, prams, breast pumps and maternity wear.
Customers can sell items to Re-Jenn or take a 50-50 share of any item sold on.
The couple are now also looking for investment to develop the business and potentially move to larger premises.