New Crosby entrepreneurs get backing of Sefton Central Labour MP

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with new Crosby entrepreneurs Bev and Alan Frodsham.


A Crosby couple who have designs on making sure that the area's youngsters are dressed to impress, have got the backing of Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson.

Bev and Alan Frodsham have set up a new business designing and making children's clothes.

The two first-time entrepreneurs, Bev is 42 and Alan is 50, have called their fledgling business 'SweetPeas And ShamRocks' in honour of Bev's dad.

Bev said: "I started 'SweetPeas And ShamRocks' after realising that jobwise, to be blunt, it was a miracle to get one. So Alan and I simply decided we would give it a go. We would work together and try and turn our ambition into a reality.
"The name comes from my dad. When I grew up, dad had an allotment in Seaforth and weekends were spent helping him. He grew tomatoes, cucumber and the usual edibles, but his sweetpeas were the most beautiful colours and scent and every year I grow them in his memory. The shamrocks part of the name is because he was from Ireland.

"Together they are perfect. The sweet smell of success with the luck of the Irish."

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with new Crosby entrepreneurs Bev and Alan Frodsham.Despite only attending a business course late last year, Bev and Alan have set their ambitions high.

Bev said: "After attending the course I knew that I could do this, so when I left it, I thought let's just do it.

"So from Monday we will be self-employed and loving every minute of it. 

"We have begged and borrowed to build up the collection, so we are now ready to take on the world - starting in Crosby first. This time next year I would like to be able to employ someone or 10. Aim high is my motto."

Bill Esterson said he admired Bev and Alan's ambition and drive.

Bill said: "I really admire Bev and Alan for taking this brave step. Having run a small business myself, setting up a business is a lot of hard work hardwork, particularly at a time of economic downturn.

"But the couple clearly have a lot of determination and drive, which they will need to make their business a success.

"From the sample clothing they have already made, it is obvious they have the skills. The quality of the clothing they are selling is fantastic and each item is unique.

"They have good business sense, starting off selling their clothing online, but I know they have ambitions to open up a shop eventually in Crosby.

"So I wish them every success and I look forward to coming along to their shop's grand opening in the near future."



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