Interview with: Sarah Patterson
Company Name: Coochicoo Cards
Location / Coverage: Based in Darlington, north east UK, but supply nationally
What does Coochicoo Cards do?
Coochicoo Cards designs and hand-makes wedding stationery, from save the date cards to thank you cards and everything in between. We also supply a unique Candy Bar (across the North East of England).
Who works at Coochicoo Cards and what are your roles?
I am self-employed and the sole proprietor of Coochicoo Cards. As such I wear many hats and do everything for the business including the design and execution of the wedding stationery, sourcing quality suppliers and products, accounts, generating new business through identifying the best advertising methods, designing adverts, liaising with hotels and other wedding venues to get on preferred supplier listings and attending wedding fayres. I do have great support from my mam and sister who also attend wedding fayres with me, and I could not do it without them.
How did Coochicoo Cards come about and how long has the company been running?
I studied business and finance at college and have a business background, and I always wanted to run my own business but could never decide what. As a child I was always making things and working on some craft project or other. My friends starting asking me to help make invitations and orders of service for their weddings and one day, while on holiday, I was visiting a large craft store and it suddenly hit me – why not do it professionally? As soon as I got home I got the ball rolling. Whilst setting up the business I worked full-time in Human Resources but gave that up in August 2010 and Coochicoo Cards was officially born.
Why is your company called Coochicoo Cards?
I wanted a fun and funky name that was a bit different, but also something that couples could relate to. I worked through different cutesy names couples call each other and came up with ‘Coo chi coo’.