CHANGING times for a fledgling fancy dress business has seen turnover double in the space of a few months.
Nick and Charlotte Wright moved their costume business from their kitchen to purpose-built premises and immediately reaped the benefits.
The couple’s firm, It’s Fancy Dress Time, has doubled in size on the back of the move to Moor Park Industrial Estate in Bispham.
Mr Wright said: “We’ve probably doubled sales since we moved in here. The move has definitely helped us shift the business forwards.”
The firm sells fancy dress costumes for adults and children and so far has mainly operated on eBay.
But the move has also allowed the couple to set up their own website – and reclaim their clogged-up kitchen.
Mr Wright added: “Halloween was crazy and the kitchen was just full. There were costumes all over the place.
“My wife came up with the idea for the firm after she saw costumes at the wholesaler.
“She bought 10 and put them on eBay and they sold straight away.”
Mr Wright was a partner in a Kirkham-based design firm, but has left his position to concentrate on the two-year-old business.
And his main task in recent weeks has been to package up scores of costumes – the most popular of which has been an American footballer for men, and Cleopatra for women.
The business now has more than 1,000 costumes in stock in hundreds of different styles, along with accessories and a range of party goods.
Mr Wright said the move to purpose-built premises and the launch of a new website has helped the business reach new heights.
Advising new business owners, he said: “We have taken it slowly and not got carried away.
“We did our research and kept our costs right down by doing it at home.
“We waited until it got to the point where it has taken off before getting premises.”
The couple are now looking at expanding their business even further, possibly with costume hire on the horizon.
Mr Wright added: “We only sell costumes and goods at the moment, but hiring costumes is something we are looking at doing in the future.”