Minnie Brown
Minnie Brown

Tabl's mum-umental mothers

To celebrate some of our legendary mums on Tabl, we got in touch with them to hear about the inspiration and impact being a mother has had on their businesses.

Vicki - The Free From Fairy

“My eldest child is the inspiration behind the Free From Fairy. She was born crying and continued for 9 months until she was diagnosed with egg and milk protein allergies. Then at the age of 2 she was diagnosed with coeliac disease, an autoimmune disease that necessitates a strict life-long gluten-free diet."

I'm passionate about teaching people how to cook healthily whilst feeding the whole family. Then last year, after many years in development, I brought my wholegrain gluten and rice free flour blends to market. My aim was to create a single flour blend that I could use in all my cooking and baking whilst providing vital nutrients, often lacking in a gluten-free diet.

Running my own business means that I can work around my children. I'm always there for the school run whilst being a listening ear on the days that things haven't gone so well. I also love knowing that I help people to eat more healthily despite having to avoid certain foods due to allergies or intolerances.

Swati - Cheeky Food Co

"My day starts at 6am with the ever so hectic school run - two breakfasts, two packed lunches and a manic drop-off later, I settle into the world of Cheeky (and drinking coffee). I quit my corporate career after my first daughter was born and when I founded the company two years ago, I always envisaged having the flexibility to work around my children"

Luckily, I have been able to keep up with the demands of busy family life and business, though not always as calmly as I would have liked. I try to stop work between 3pm and 8pm to spend some focused time with my girls - ballet classes, play dates, playground trip - the usual stuff. And when it gets really busy, I involve my daughters in my Cheeky world. Luckily working with jarred food means they can help me with small, tangible jobs like counting, or putting the products into boxes - it’s a proper family business I would say.

I also see the pride in their eyes when someone compliments me on my chutneys, or when they walk up to total strangers in the street saying “my mummy was in the newspaper today” - yes that’s why I do this. For my girls to see that when you set your mind to something, you should just go ahead and do it - and they see me through all of it - the celebrations, hard work, frustrations and tears of running a small business. In some ways I feel Cheeky is an important life lesson for them - to go that whole way and get stuff done.”

Check out Swati's recipe for a perfect family meal!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKmdfPRY0tc

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