Hunting wear business benefits from school for entrepreneurs

  • A bespoke hunting wear business is being developed thanks to the help of a school for entrepreneurs, run by former investor on BBC2’s Dragons’ Den, Doug Richard.

    Pippa Howeson, who hunts with the Berkeley, has been making hunting coats, habits and hacking jackets for the last year.

    She won a scholarship to the “School for Startups”, based at Somerset House in central London, in August 2012 and has attended its boot camp and workshops since.

    “School for Startups has really helped me get to grips with elements of my business that I have had no previous training in,” Pippa told H&H.

    “It has taught me to financially forecast, negotiate with suppliers and network to gain more customers.” It has also enabled her to develop a more accessible, made to measure range.

    Pip sources all her fabrics in England and can tailor to any shape.

    “I can rescue old trimmings and buttons, change the thickness of linings and add pockets for sandwiches or cigarettes,” she said.

    Prices start at £1600 for a bespoke jacket and £800 for the made to order range.

    She added: “I also have a lifetime guarantee on my bespoke pieces, so if it gets dragged through a hedge and rip it, I will fix it!”

    For more information visit www.piphoweson.co.uk

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