Local parents will be able to attend a new programme of baby and children’s markets after a Lincoln mum launched a franchise of Mum2Mum Market, as seen on BBC’s Dragon’s Den.
Local mum Ange Westbrook, an ex RAF AWACS controller turned part time Maths teacher and local fitness instructor, saw the idea on Dragons’ Den and wanted to get involved.
Mum2mum Market, which hosts regular used children and baby goods sales in locations across the country, secured a £35,000 investment from dragon Deborah Meaden.
The first Lincoln event will take place on May 15 at Bracebridge Heath Village Hall, where at least 20 parents will be able to rehome their outgrown baby and children’s goods such as designer prams, toys, cots, books, baby equipment and clothes from newborn to age six.
Ange said: “I am so excited to be giving local parents the opportunity to buy great quality second hand goods or make some cash from their outgrown children’s stuff.
“As a really small local business getting national exposure on prime time television was amazing and I am hopeful this will boost the launch of Mum2mum markets in Lincoln.
“I really hope this will introduce more mums to the joys of buying and selling second hand at their local market and the huge savings which can be made, it really is a win/win for everyone.
“It’s so exciting to be able to run a business that will benefit people, whilst keeping the hours that I work on it to those that I choose, allowing me to put my family first.”
Cath Harrop, founder of Mum2Mum Market, started the company in September 2011 after selling her items on eBay and at car boot sales.
Due to the rapid growth she experienced in London and the South East, Cath recently appeared in front of the infamous BBC dragons.
She said: “Appearing in front of the dragons and having Deborah invest was a huge boost to the business and my confidence in my abilities.
“Having started the business from scratch, it is thrilling to get recognition from someone as astute and well respected as Deborah Meaden.”