Mother-of-two Victoria Berquez, from Castle Hedingham, has created a mobile ceramic business from scratch which she is now franchising nationally.
She specialises in making ceramic baby hand and footprint keepsakes for proud parents and grandparents, and runs pottery painting parties for children and adults.
What makes her different from other companies, she says, is that she brings the pottery studio to her customers – for example mothers’ groups, National Childbirth Trust groups and soft play areas in Suffolk and Essex.
Her company is called Painted Peppermint – inspired by daughter Cecilia, two, who inherited the family nickname ‘Peppermint Drops’. She also has a six-month-old son, Rafa.
Victoria is the grand-daughter of England football legend Jimmy Greaves, whose photograph appears on her company website www.paintedpeppermint.co.uk
“Before having children, I worked in London as a global events organiser and, because of the time difference, I used to have to leave home at 4.30am,” she said. “Starting my own business has given me flexibility and freedom to fit around my family.”
Victoria, 34, says the family have got used to living a fast-paced life as her husband Oliver, a footballer with AFC Sudbury, also runs his own business called BlitzFitMe.