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.”