Where did the business idea come from?
I had noticed restaurants around the world on social media during the lockdown period with igloo-type domes where people could dine and socialise safely, this inspired me and I had a vision to bring something similar to the Isle of Man.
I realised there were a few companies doing this already in the UK and with my vision I knew I could deliver something much better, going down the luxury route with higher standards. I knew this would be a niche service to deliver and we would be able to offer people on the Isle of Man something different to help celebrate their special occasions in the comfort of their own home.
Why did you decide to start your own business?
I always dreamt of running my own business and being my own boss, but it was finding something that would work and something I would enjoy doing. I was made redundant from my job in 2020 and I decided to go with it and to see where it took me. My partner decided to jump in to help me as he knew it was a niche idea. Without him it wouldn’t be possible, it’s not as easy as it looks.
Do you have another job?
When I started the business I was also working full time, we worked every single weekend during the summer of 2021 setting up everyone’s igloos for all occasions. We covered big milestone birthdays, christening, baby showers and weddings. We watched the business grow and grow and by the end of 2021 I decided to give up the office job and focus primarily on the business full time. Over the last 5 months we have worked on new projects for business, introducing new services and packages to remain relevant.
What does a standard day look like as the owner of The Little Igloo Company?
A standard day with the Little Igloo Company ranges from lots of admin, answering customers emails and social media enquiries, making sure our amazing website is functioning properly and making regular updates to that. Purchasing new goods, lots of cleaning and prepping for the weekend of events.
What do you find most enjoyable managing the business?
I love that people come to us and want to hire us for their special occasions, it’s the biggest compliment and I get so much enjoyment from that. I particularly enjoy meeting new people every week and hearing all the amazing feedback on my little business. I think the best part is looking at what I have created and how successful my business has become. I sometimes have to pinch myself. I love coming up with all the new ideas and bringing my vision to life.