A GROUP of entrepreneurs have joined forces to offer the complete wedding package under one roof.
Seven enterprises have moved into the same building in Avenue Road in Hartlepool, providing everything from balloons to cakes, bouquets to children’s outfits and invitations to dresses under the umbrella name of A Bit Of A Do.
They include Bev Williams who runs AVenue Bridal, Tony Cunningham from AVenue Balloons, Michelle Rose of Michelle’s Cakes, Karen Coussons of Bridal Bouquets and Accessories, Kim Dickson of Little Darlings Boutique, Christine Gardiner of Wedded Bliss and Michael Williams of Man Care Enterprises.
Bev said: “This is everything you need under one roof for any kind of wedding.” Bev also runs AVenue which is a fully licensed function room and tea room based close by in Lauder Street. She said the links with the others started gradually and built up when she got really busy at AVenue and ‘needed somewhere to develop’ other aspects of the business.
She said the project “gathered momentum. Karen came into AVenue for a cup of tea and then we were looking for someone who made nice cakes and found Michelle. It has gone from there and it has got bigger”.
The idea of a joint venture, said Karen, came from customers saying they were going everywhere to find what they needed. The link-up was already paying off as Bev said she was booked solid for the next three to four years for weddings.
A Bit Of A Do is still being developed with a bridal suite - to be run by Bev and daughter Kay Williams - and other extra facilities on the way. Bev described the set-up as “artistic and creative”.
“Tony does all balloons and hand-made cards and small gifts, Michelle does cakes for every occasion, Kim does everything for children such as wedding and bridesmaid outfits, “ she added.
“Karen does bouquets, fresh flower posies and Christine does table decorations and room decorations, and wedding planning.”
Bev provides wedding and adult bridesmaid dresses and accessories while Michael’s business makes furniture. A Bit Of A Do is also supporting charity by offering a free wedding as a competition prize. Entrants pay £10 a ticket with proceeds for the Butterwick Children’s Hospice.