INTERNET entrepreneur Hannah Wild has moved her fast-growing animal supplement business to Great Eccleston – with a view to expanding it even further.
MP Ben Wallace congratulated her as her officially opened the premises at The Weind by hammering a horshoe into the wall of the building.
Based previously in Scorton, Hannah’s seven-year-old year enterprise supplies horse lovers in Britain and overseas via the internet with dietary supplements to promote good equine health.
At around 4,000sq ft, the new premises are ten times larger than her former business base, and include space for a call centre, warehousing, mail order processing and despatch facilities.
The business – which trades almost entirely on-line – currently employs four people, all of whom are as keen on horses as Hannah who is both a keen rider and teacher.
The entrepreneur said her new premises will allow for continued expansion over the coming years, and that she is delighted to have maintained a village base for her business.
She added: “Being from rural Lancashire myself, I’ve always wanted to keep the business in the countryside and to support local services and employment as much as possible.
“The wonderful thing about the internet is that there’s no advantage in having city centre premises, which means me and my staff can work hard and still enjoy a great quality of life.
“We invest a lot of time, effort and resources into ensuring that our digital presence is a match for many other much bigger companies involved with internet marketing.
“I suspect that very few of our thousands of customers realise that the high-tech company they are dealing with is working from a pretty little village surrounded by miles of empty countryside.”
Hannah began her business at home on a laptop after working as technical manager for an animal supplements firm in Lytham.
She quit her promising career to devote a period of research into what supplements were the most effective for treating different problems suffered by horses.
Business soon began to take off, and after three years she was able to lease the former post office in Scorton and to begin employing staff.
Her enterprise soon began receiving various awards, starting in 2007 with the Young Entrepreneur of the Year accolade from Business Link Lancashire and the Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.
Other honours included, this year, first prize in the prestigious 2011 British Equestrian Trade Association Business Awards,