You could have knocked us over with a feather when the phone call came in saying that www.colmershill.com had won Best UK Online Boutique category of The Boutique Awards, hosted by The Boutique Hub. Surprised, shocked, proud, happy – yes, all of those.
The team (especially Penny because she does most of the work) hasn’t stopped smiling ever since. When Penny set up the business two years ago, she only had £5,000 to invest. All the money went on stock and she had to do everything herself – even really horrible things like SEO. She built the current website and worked hard to find low cost ways to get Colmers Hill on the map.
What makes this a special achievement is also the economic climate. Apparently, according to the experts, we’re in the midst of a ‘Retail Apocalypse’, which sounds really nasty. And it is, if you’re a big high street brand. On the up-side, it’s the small businesses like ours which are bucking the trend. You – our lovely customers are making this happen by buying local and choosing independent boutiques. Thank you so much! Please can you carry on?
You can be reassured that this fame hasn’t gone to our heads. We almost forgot to write a blog about it because we’ve been unpacking, pricing and uploading gorgeous new Autumn stock from our faves Myrine, Luella and Out of Xile but also new labels Cotton Brothers, Soaked in Luxury and Ralston.
If you haven’t shopped online with us before, you’ll find the same friendly personal service and attention to detail that you’d get if you were shopping with us in person.
Next up, our Autumn round-up of what’s hot this month!