Life has taken an upturn for single mum Janie Reader with her new venture.
After being made redundant last year then losing her dad Alf Cooper, the online venture she started eight months ago in a spare room in Kempston has caught the eye of TV Dragon Theo Paphitis.
Little Ragamuffin was one of six business profiles the celebrity entrepreneur re-tweeted to his 260,000 followers. It is also included in his website exclusive to winners of his new initiative, Small Business Sunday.
Janie, 46, pictured with her friend and business partner Tracey Banga, 42, still can’t believe their luck.
She said: “We haven’t been in business that long and work from a small spare room.
“We were both made redundant last year. But we had this amazing opportunity to start our own business, thanks to support from our families, and decided to take the bull by the horns.
She added: “We’re both mums and have a passion for home interiors.
“We know what kids - and parents - like when it comes to furnishing and decorating their bedrooms and we’re trying to build a brand around our Little Ragamuffin logo.
“We are so thrilled to be part of Theo’s family and hope this may give a huge boost to our new small business.”