“Claire has taught me that where you place your attention is where the magic happens! It’s so true—when you focus in on what you desire and take action on it, that’s when you make your dreams come true!”
Claire Hearn, Rose & Olive

Rose & Olive
Claire Hearn’s vintage-themed catering business is named after her beloved tea-loving grandmothers, Rose and Olive. Together with her husband Nick, a qualified chef, she offers fully catered vintage tea parties for events and occasions, as well as pop-up tearooms and supper clubs.

“I didn’t have many entrepreneurial friends when I started out, but I knew early on that I wanted to surround myself on the journey with people that got it—people that had big dreams and were prepared to go after them. I’ve been so inspired by what I’ve learned along the way with Claire and The Girls Mean Business and I continue to dream big and go for it.”

It all started with The Girls Mean Business…
“When I did the Big Girl Knickers boot camp back in 2014, not long after I left my career as a police officer to run my business. It was scary and such a big leap to become a full-time business owner, especially when I had no background in business. I wanted guidance and a supportive network of women business owners, which is what led me to Claire.”

What it’s given me is…
“Support and knowledge—and a real boost to my confidence. It’s made me bolder and braver. And in a way, it’s given me a business partner, too! Seeing me begin to grow as a business owner inspired my husband to follow his passion for cooking (he was also a police officer), so he took himself off to train as a chef and eventually took the leap, too. We now run the business together.”

For my business, that means…
“We’ve gone from zero bookings in the diary and no leads when I bought the business to nearly 200 bookings, some amazing clients (including ITV) and plenty of repeat business. Learning about identifying my ‘super customer’ has given my marketing more focus because it speaks directly to the clients that will love what we do. This year we will be opening our first permanent vintage tearoom—a goal we’ve had ever since we began our journey.”

The Girls Mean Business is my (vintage china) cup of tea because…
“It was something I felt I could relate to and provides such a supportive community. Claire’s own journey has been a constant source of inspiration and it’s encouraged me be more confident about putting my business out there (I did, and as a result, we were one of the 100 Small Business Saturday winners in 2016 and went to a private reception at 10 Downing Street!). “

Find out more about what Claire does at: http://www.roseandolive.co.uk/