Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m Kate, the founder and creative director of Tutti & Co. I’m 41, mum to a daughter Ava who is 14, and a son Albie 10. I live in Tynemouth with my husband James and just love living by the coast. My favourite type of day is a walk along the beach with a take out coffee, followed by a late lunch and a glass of wine and the fish shack in King Edwards Bay. I’m interiors obsessed and my home is such a huge part of my life, I definitely have a right-move addiction having renovated / built and sold many properties over the years. Still to this day searching for the next perfect home. I like to workout and keep fit for my mind and body, running a business is testing at times so the gym keeps me sane. I love to cook and just food in general so for me the kitchen is where you will mostly find me.
What made you want to set up your own business?
I remember wanting to start my own business from a very young age. I used to make jewellery from craft kits and mount them on display boards and sell them at craft fairs and to family and friends. Once I finished my degree, I wanted to stay in the North East and found it very difficult to find a creative job so it made me even more determined to start my own business in a creative industry. I think my family would say I had to run my own business as I always wanted to do my own thing and like to the lead way.
What are you most proud of doing?
To be honest I think surviving the highs and lows of running a business whilst bringing up a family is something I feel very proud of. It’s not easy juggling everything. There have been times that have been really tough but my proudest moment had to be setting up TUTTI in JLP Oxford Street.
What do you think is the biggest issue facing women today?
That we try to be everything to everyone, bringing up a family and focussing on a career or business is tough, there is a lot of pressure and expectations on women to be able to juggle everything and keep going.
Advice to any women setting up their own business
Don’t take every opportunity that comes along, take the high opportunity even if that means waiting patiently for the rich one to come.
On International Women’s Day, what is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their careers?
Do what you love, if you enjoy what you do you will be successful. Never be frightened to make a change, growth is sometimes uncomfortable, let’s face it you have never been there before.