And what's your side hustle?
Together with a good friend and business partner, I run London-based bespoke furniture brand Biggs & Quail. We design and handcraft mid-century inspired furniture, combining the finest hand-selected timbers with traditional joinery techniques to create simple, modern designs — blending form and function.
We’ve been going for a few years now; the idea started when Sean and I got together to make a desk and evolved organically from there. Many of our new products have been the result of collaborations with our customers. Bespoke orders have become bestsellers from our online shop. We love involving our customers in the design process.
Have your day job skills helped you with Biggs & Quail?
I’m fortunate that Beyond are a forward-thinking company and have been incredibly supportive in general. Treating me like a grown-up and being OK with me sending an email here and there, or taking the occasional phone call means the business can run smoothly without me having to take time off just to keep things ticking over.
Working with digital product experts I have learnt a great deal about digital marketing, in particular SEO (search engine optimisation). This has really helped us to grow our site traffic and grow our sales by reaching new customers.