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The Fashion Exclusive


NUALA FARRELLY opened her first shop in March 2010 in the coastal town of West Kirby, Wirral. Her second shop followed in May 2014 and is situated on the Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen.


Nuala Farrelly


NULA BOUTIQUE


327 Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen, SW14 8QR 020 8878 1153 www.nula-boutique.com


How did you start your business? I started small with home fashion parties on the Wirral. I created pop-up shops within women’s homes and sold fashion and accessories sourced from France and Italy. The parties were a real success and the whole experience was invaluable in helping me to set up my first shop.


What sets your business apart? We hold a range of brands from France, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia and Canada - the vast majority of which you won’t find on the high street, so there is a real element of exclusivity when shopping with us. We are also very much service driven - whether it’s a great pair of jeans or a dress for an event or night out - we will do our best to help you find what you’re looking for, plus we have an alteration service with a 24-hour turnaround if required. Feel free to bring your little ones in


with you - we have a toy box to keep them occupied whilst you browse! Ultimately, we strive to make our customers shopping experience a relaxed, stress-free and - more importantly - successful one!


Who is your target customer? We cater for the ‘Forever 40 Woman’. Our customers don’t want to be dressing like their mothers but at the same time don’t want to be competing with their daughters! My mother, Bernie, has been in the fashion business for as long as I can remember, so we buy together, which helps in getting a great product mix across the age groups.


What’s next? We are really excited to be launching our Special Occasion range in our East Sheen shop for spring/summer 2015. Whether you are a wedding guest or mother of the bride/groom, we have a fabulous collection arriving in January.


Top tip to running a business. Ultimately, your customer is number one - look after them and they will look after you!


The Employment Lawyer


CATHRYN O’HARE after taking a career break, ventured back into the working world and she shares her story.


Cathryn O’Hare


SW19LAWYERS


Walnut Tree House, 17a Church Road SW19 5DQ; 020 8971 0410 www.sw19lawyers.co.uk


Why did you join SW19Lawyers? SW19Lawyers offered the perfect combination of challenging, interesting work in my specialist area of employment law, in an extremely convenient location, given where I live and my children’s schools. This meant I could combine flexible hours around my family’s needs, without compromising the quality of the work or my own career progression – the unique combination that every working mum I know is trying to achieve.


What is special about working in Wimbledon Village? Well, it is a vibrant and diverse business centre that provides a varied and interesting client base. In an employment practice, a firm often specialises in acting for the employer or employee which can


be restricting, but at SW19Lawyers we act for a wide variety of clients from local employers to national companies, and employees who have a corporate/ city background but happen to live in or around Wimbledon.


How do you fit your work in with the rest of your life? Attempting any kind of work with four young children is inevitably a juggle, but because of the flexible hours I have at SW19Lawyers, I can manage to drop my children at school, cycle to work and take an afternoon off to shout at the edge of the football pitch. Yes, it’s busy, but I realise how fortunate I am to have been able to continue with my career in such a successful, busy practice, and still be involved in my children’s day to day lives.


What are your plans for the future? To continue contributing to the development of this thriving business and being a mum as best I can, and hopefully prove to my daughter that it is possible to do both…


timeandleisure.co.uk . January 2015 . 97


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