Not many people would give up on their six-figure salary to chase their business dream.
Even fewer would sacrifice a 20 year career to attempt to break into the competitive and often ruthless fashion industry. But Clare Spauls, an Operations Manager-turned-business owner from Grimsby in North Lincolnshire, has done exactly that. A businesswoman at heart, Clare spent the last two decades working in the recruitment sector specialising in managed service, but now has moved on to start Heir & Co, an online fashion boutique with an eye for all things on-trend and affordable in the women’s clothing market.
Before Heir & Co was born, Clare spent 20 years in a busy recruitment career, specialising in managed service working with UK & International leading supply chain and distribution companies. Often working away from home and regularly trying to juggle 16-hour days, Clare’s dream of starting her own business came into focus three years ago as she realised that it was time for a change.
Having reached Head of Operations during this time and enjoying a steady rise up the career ladder, she recognised that she’d got as high as she could without starting up on her own. After a delicate chat with her now ex-employer, he agreed to support Clare’s dream and help her transition from the corporate world into business ownership. Listing social media and fashion as her two favourite things, Clare has been able to embrace both of these loves in her new role as business owner. Upon being interviewed, Clare said:
I feel like I’m living the dream right now, and I can’t believe how lucky I am to get to do this.
Citing Heir & Co as “the perfect brand for any female who isn’t afraid to be herself”, Clare’s new business is undeniably contemporary, on-trend and fun.
When asked about what makes Heir & Co different, Clare answered:
Confidence is key with fashion – which is why I believe in empowering those who shop at my store with gorgeous pieces at fair prices. We source the majority of our stock from L.A, which makes it fashion-forward and fun.
With this strong L.A influence powering her clothing range, Heir & Co is already making waves in the online fashion industry and gaining a lot of recognition from fashion followers in the Grimsby area and beyond. Clare might have taken a gamble in chasing her dream, but it was clearly a gamble that is all set to pay off.
Clare’s new site Heir & Co is now available to browse and buy from at heirandco.com.