It was while Julie Ann and Nicola were both on maternity leave that their unrequited desire for luxurious and beautiful children’s products developed into an idea for a new business venture. That flash of inspiration very soon developed into a business built on family, friendship and a love for practically stylish homes. In just six years, former Primary School teacher Julie Ann and business manager Nicola have taken Potwells from the kitchen table to one the UK’s most exciting growing, luxury children’s brands.
As their families grew, the two firm friends built their business around their busy lives. Julie Ann and Nicola have seven children between them, and they all played a role in the creation and nurturing of each luxury product. The hot water bottle was based on a ‘YuYu’ designed adult version and then tailored for children with the help of Potwells’ children’s ‘expert panel’. With the kids’ input, and drawing on their professional and parent experience, Nicola and Julie Ann design stylish products families love to use every day in their busy homes.
“Our children have been a fundamental part of our Potwells journey. They influence our decisions everyday. Our business really is a family business, in every sense.” Julie Ann
And it’s never style over substance at Potwells. Both our long hot water bottles and storage boxes are made using quality, long-lasting materials and handsome detailing. Our long hot water bottles are cosy and soft and made from high grade natural rubber, making them 100% ‘little people’ friendly. They have washable covers too. The boxes are space-efficient, with wipeable covers and cleverly designed lids. They can fit neatly into existing cube storage units or be stacked, making a great impression in any room.
"I am incredibly lucky to be a mother of 3 children who help and inspire me to design and developing products that we know are not only useful but children will love." Nicola
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