Biddys Good Luck Horse Shoes

Founders: Anne Healy
 
Number of Staff: 1
 
Start Date: 2019-01-02
 
Tell us what your business does?
At Biddys Good Luck Horse Shoes, I hand make Pieces of Good Luck from the Genuine Horse Shoe. Which brings luck, hope, & protection to the person who receives it. Based on the old tradition of good luck, an old tradition with a contemporary twist.
Where did the idea for your business come from?
With a love of tradition, a supply of horse shoes and a wonderful story about Biddy (horse ) and a lack of genuine Irish hand made gifts that offers good luck, hope and protection. A symbol that’s recognised world wide on the irish market. A gift full of meaning and is so thoughtful.
Have you always wanted to run your own business?
Yes!! A dream
What planning did you do before you started up?
Learnt my trade!! As a hobby. Spoke to both local enterprise office and leader and DCCI , took all their advice. Spoke to lots, did a lot of research at markets etc Joined networking groups for support & networking.
Which entrepreneurs do you admire?
I admire any self employed person as they have to be brave every day.
What challenges have you faced and how have you overcome them?
I have faced many challenges and still am, but use them as a learning experience, I am also very willing to ask for help and take help so that works.
How have you promoted your business?
I promote my business through networking , through all my social media channels, e mail, I have been featured on Ireland AM, Dermot and Dave, the Irish Field, Farmers Journal, kilkenny People, kilkenny now, irish wedding diary, kclr, community Radio. I am constantly looking for ways to promote .
Where do you see the business in 3 years’ time?
In 3 yrs time I will be the go to person for Irish Hand made gifts. I am currently in the process of sub contracting work out, and I would hope to make that regular and on a more contract basis. I currently recycle horse shoes that otherwise would be going into landfill, and make beautiful gifts, I want to expand that, and be the go to person for recycling horse shoes.
What advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs?
If you have an idea, run with it, take advice from the experts, and don’t be afraid to ask. And look for help.

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