Where are you based and what do you do?
I own The Bath Massage Company which offers all things massage and reflexology including specialist bump, birth and baby massage and courses. I also own Bath Baby Massage which specialises in baby massage courses.
Our venue is on George Street in Bath where we are based out of Seasons Health Store.
What inspired you to start your business?
I have always had an interest in alternative health, I think because my mum also does so growing up I’d see her doing yoga and pilates at home and would often accompany her to her acupuncture and massage appointments.
After working for 10 years in the beauty and fashion industry I decided I’d had enough and wanted to work for myself doing something more down to earth. At the time I decided to set up The Bath Massage Company I was living and working in the Middle East and really unhappy. I literally had a light bulb moment and decided to leave the world of PR and move back to the UK and set up a new business in Bath.
What do you love about running a business in Bath?
The freedom! Although I think I work harder now than I did when I was employed I still have a sense of freedom, only myself to answer to and I can decide how much I do or don’t work.
You’ve got five minutes to grab a sandwich, where do you go?
I like The Best of British Deli on Broad Street, it’s an independent and the sandwiches are lovely.
Where’s your favourite place to book for a business lunch?
If I’m meeting people for lunch I usually go to Boston Tea Party on Alfred Street as it’s a great space and does lovely food.
Which bar do you head to after a tough day?
The Canary for a great gin and tonic!
Tell us about another Bath business you love and why?
There are so many to choose from! As a lover of vintage clothing I’ve always loved going to Vintage to Vogue just off Milsom street. They stock an amazing selection of vintage clothing and accessories, and the owner Imren is so knowledgeable about vintage that she can always find you something amazing for whatever event you’ve got.
What advice would you give to someone starting a business in the city?
I think Bath has a great independent community which is very supportive. I’d advise anyone to join the networking events and build up good relationships with other business owners. There is so much going on in Bath and some good opportunities to link up with other business owners for events/shows etc.