We speak to Bath business entrepreneur Clare Moon, owner behind the successful Hiremebaby who tells us all about about why she set up her business and everything she loves about our wonderful city!
Where are you based and what do you do?
Hiremebaby hires baby equipment (like car seats, cots, baby backpacks and buggies), play equipment (perfect for toddler parties or family friendly weddings) and themed toy boxes (because there’s nothing kids like more than toys that aren’t their own). Everything can be collected from us in Newbridge, Bath or we can deliver wherever it’s needed.
What inspired you to start your business?
From the moment I had my own children, I realised that a service offering the hire of great quality baby equipment would make life for people with young children a whole lot easier. I always wanted to start my own business but it wasn’t until I was made redundant during maternity leave that I went for it. It can be tough to take that leap but I’m very grateful that, in the end, I had a big old push. I wanted my business to fit with my family and give me time for my two children – I’m trying to find that magic work life balance. It’s not always easy, but I’m getting there!
What do you love about running a business in Bath?
I love meeting so many different people. I get to meet lovely grandparents preparing for a long-awaited visit from their grandchildren, parents getting ready for their child’s birthday party and tourists coming to Bath from all over the world. I just love helping visitors to navigate our wonderful city and making recommendations for child friendly places to go. Since launching my business, I feel so much more connected with our community and incredibly lucky to live in such an interesting place.
You’ve got five minutes to grab a sandwich, where do you go?
I’d probably head to Widcombe Deli. I love their quiche and salad and they’re always so welcoming whether I’m with one or both of my kids or just on my lonesome. Depending on my mood, I might take it to go and head for a walk along the canal. I find it so peaceful, it’s so easy to forget you’re in the middle of the city.
Where’s your favourite place to book for a business lunch or a meal/drink after a tough day?
I’m totally in love with Rosarios at the moment. The food is delicious and I think their coffee is the best in Bath. If I’m child free, I’d head there for a working lunch. Occasionally I’ve had meetings with my 2 year old in tow and I’m forever grateful to The Egg café which has an environment which allows me to have a conversation while my son plays happily.
Tell us about another Bath business you love and why?
Little Acorn Makes is a gorgeous brand making childrens clothing in beautiful prints. It’s owned by local Mum, Millie. I really admire how she has turned her passion into a thriving business. We have so much talent on our doorstep – opportunities everywhere to support local.
What advice would you give to someone starting a business in the city?
Make use of the free training and support available. When I was setting up my business, Cool Ventures set me up with a tailored training programme which really helped fill the gaps in my knowledge and their 1:1 sessions gave me a useful sounding board. Through their programme I got to meet lots of other people who were starting a business and it’s been so great to connect with others in a similar position.
If you’d like to know more about Hiremebaby then head over to their website! Hosting for the weekend just got a whole lot easier!