10 Minutes with Nic & Sarah
HOW DID YOU MEET?
We met in the playground at our children’s nursery and we hit it off straight away! We just clicked, our children are of similar ages and we were both relatively new to the area. Luckily our husbands get on too ☺ they have a mutual love of a drink in the pub, squash (the sports variety ☺) and us!
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA TO START CHILTERN CHATTER?
We both really wanted to do “something”, but knew that whatever we did, it would have to fit in with our young families and we’d have to be passionate about it.
Coupled with Sarah’s background in PR and Nicola’s fantastic organizational and IT skills, we dreamed up the idea for www.chilternchatter.com. We felt that there was a clear gap in the market for a truly local parents website & network. Our aim is to get people sharing information with each other (so if you’re reading this please write some reviews ☺ and share Chiltern Chatter with your friends – thank you!)
HOW DID YOU TURN YOUR IDEA INTO CHILTERN CHATTER?
We’ve tried to utilize our skills to keep costs low. Richard, Nicola’s husband has been a god send and has built and developed the website for us, and Mats, Sarah’s husband has helped us with the marketing side of things! We honestly couldn’t have done it without their backing and support. I think they would consider us quite demanding, but we’re striving for perfection ☺! Please note boys, your hard work has been recognised and we’d not taking all the glory ☺
HAS IT BEEN AS SUCCESSFUL AS YOU’D HOPED FOR?
It’s our baby, there’s lots more that we’d still like to do, but we’ve had an amazing year and the response has been really motivating. We’ve really put our heart and soul into making the website a success.
CHALLENGES YOU’VE FACED?
Lack of time ☺!! There are so many things that we’d love to do but at the moment there aren’t enough hours in the day. That should change though as our younger ones start school etc. We have to prioritise and be realistic about what we can achieve now.
WHY DO YOU THINK YOU MAKE A GOOD TEAM?
Although we’re both quite different, we have a very similar approach when it comes to work and how we want to develop Chiltern Chatter. We’re both driven people and have the same goals of what we would like to achieve. Without this, we don’t think that it would work.
TELL US A JOKE?
Nicola’s response to this question is “oh no, I can never remember any good ones”
“Knock, knock who’s there?”
This is a playground joke that I overheard (not from a child ;))
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TIPPLE?
Sarah: G&T and I’m also partial to a few bubbles! I am the biggest lightweight, 1 drink and I’m drunk ☺
Nicola: Golden Rum with diet coke and a twist of lime
HOW DO YOU RELAX?
Nicola: A lovely hot & steamy bubble bath.
Sarah: I don’t think that I’ve relaxed since having children!
We’re now a year in and we’d like to update the website to make it more user friendly and also we’d love to expand into other local areas, so if you’d be interested in joining us, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org