It all started out in a spare bedroom - but now Leah Moore’s fast-growing firm has moved into a flagship Hartlepool business centre to meet growing demand.
Flourishing town company Funky Laser now has team of four based in UK Steel Enterprise’s Innovation Centre on the Queens Meadow Business Park.
It is great to be in our own business premises as having conference rooms and the other facilities available is a huge benefit and the 24 hour access means we can work at times to suit usLeah Moore, owner of Funky Laser
The firm makes bespoke items from necklaces, badges and wedding cake toppers to party and photo props. And it has a client list which includes Disney and Scottish TV.
The firm has made elves’ hats for Scottish TV, cake toppers for Disney to promote the film Into the Woods and even cut-out leaves for an Ascot hat.
Its website sells products to Australia, Canada and the USA as well as the UK.
Leah combines running her business with a busy family life that includes three children aged between six months and 12.
She said: “When I wanted to start a business from home I asked my now-husband for a laser cutter instead of an engagement ring.
“Within a year I needed more equipment and we quickly moved from spare bedroom to garage to a specially built extension and now, thank heavens, to the Innovation Centre. And I also have my ring!
“It is great to be in our own business premises as having conference rooms and the other facilities available is a huge benefit and the 24 hour access means we can work at times to suit us.
“Every team member works flexibly to help each other with commitments to family or further education and that is an important part of my business. As the only woman on my degree course I am also passionate about encouraging girls to look at industrial design as a career option.”
Paula Addison of UK Steel Enterprise said: “It is always good to see businesses that have outgrown their existing premises arrive here and find they have the space and support they need to concentrate on growing. We can see Funky Laser going from strength to strength.”