All-in-One Company helps small businesses grow

All-in-One Company helps small businesses grow

An award-winning Northumberland company is helping start-up businesses to manufacture their products.

Kate Dawson and her team at The All-in-One Company have developed prototypes for three start-up businesses across the country, offering them advice on costs, manufacturing and marketing, as well as helping to launch their products.

The company, which allows customers to design their own onesies through its website, has launched a new service, The All-in-One Manufacturer, which is supporting start-ups like Essex based Born Ready.

Born Ready is a new business which makes nappies to help potty train babies, founder Jenn Philpott had a product in mind but was having difficulty making it commercially viable until she accessed help from The All-in-One Company.

She said “My nappies look simple, but to make them properly requires equipment and skills that even Kate's team didn't initially have. But she took my project on, sourced the right equipment, and invited me to visit the factory to chat to her expert machinists. Together we set about tweaking my design to make manufacturing easier and more efficient.”

Kate said: “I am thoroughly enjoying helping people like myself who have had 'a good idea' and want to turn it into a sustainable business. All of the ideas have been different and my team has risen to the challenge of making samples and bringing the new products to life.”

Since receiving support from The All-in-One Manufacturer, Born Ready’s product, Flaparaps, have been sold in more than 20 countries. Jenn said: “I was making the leap from home-sewn product to scalable factory production and it proved a steep learning curve.

“Everything from sourcing fabric to international postage was new to me, but Kate has been there through it all, with patience, advice and encouragement, mentoring me on the business side while her team get on with the sewing.”

As a result of its success, The All-in-One Company has been admitted to the prestigious Guild of Master Craftsmen.

The All-in-One Company’s customers and the start-ups it has helped supported its admission to the centuries-old Guild, which has commended Kate and her team for “maintaining high standards of customer care, product quality and presentation” and a dedication to quality and service.