Building work brick by brick

Childminder Julie Eustace has started a Lego building party business called Build A Brick Parties.

Childminder Julie Eustace has started a Lego building party business called Build A Brick Parties.

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A MARTON mum has built a business up brick by brick - literally.

For Julie Eustace has created a fast-growing company out of children’s favourite, Lego.

The 45-year-old has invested in thousands of pounds of the construction toys and has developed Build A Brick, Lego-themed play sessions and parties for children.

She said: “I’ve got an autistic son who has always been a massive fan of Lego.

“It was Nathan’s birthday and he asked if he could have a Lego party. I looked into it and couldn’t believe there weren’t any happening anywhere.

“Because we have a lot, I started using it and it proved such a success.

“The kids loved it and the parents loved it too.”

Julie decided to take the plunge and develop the initial idea into a full-time business via her website, www.buildabrickparties.co.uk.

She bought more bricks and started hosting a Saturday brick club, which has proved so popular, she has had to expand the initial play session into three different sessions to cope with demand.

She added: “Being a single parent, it was scary putting everything into a business.”

Julie has now launched Lego parties which can be taken to children’s homes and is hoping they will give her a second income stream following huge interest.

Hugh Evans, spokesman for the Blackpool-based North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said new businesses were on the increase following the economic downturn – but this one was novel.

Hugh said: “We have seen a lot of new start-ups in the past few months.

“But this is certainly the first business we have heard of like this. Julie has obviously found a niche.

“She’s identified a real niche area and we wish her the very best of luck with the enterprise.

“I hope her story inspires others to make the step into business.”