A SINGLE mum from Milton Keynes has set up her own business selling educational mini work uniforms for children.
Hayley Milne, 40, of Rhoscolyn Drive, Tattenhoe, founded bizplay following a bout of redundancy.
The website bizyplay.com is a ‘one-stop shop’ providing a whole range of role playing equipment for three to 10 year-olds.
There are some 20 professions available, ranging from fashion designer to soldier and hairdresser to astronaut. The service provides all the relevant accessories and tools, too and aims to educate children more about the world around them and expand their workplace opportunities in the future.
It is also expanding into providing textiles, room decoration, party wear and educational and bi-lingual books, in association with Harper Collins Publishing. In addition there are tools and accessories to support children with special educational needs. bizyplay.com also supports CLIC Sargent, a children’s cancer charity, from the sales of any teddy bears on the website.
Hayley said she spotted the gap in the market when playing with her five year-old daughter. She asked the common parental question, what would she like to be when she grew up and was told ‘teacher’.
Yet when she tried to find suitable clothing and accessories, she found there were no retailers providing what she wanted. Hayley ended up going online and having to source from a number of stores, incurring high postage costs.
She said: “That really was my lightbulb moment. I saw there really was nothing out there which provided a really good range of resources for children when it came to role play – nothing which taught them about all the career opportunities which are actually available out in the real world.”
She added: “It was the same for my son. He wanted to be a fireman, but again I had to source everything from the US.
“My kids were certainly the inspiration for the business. After being made redundant I saw this as a great opportunity to create something new which could make a real difference to young children’s learning.”
bizyplay is also growing its ‘at home’ coffee and evening parties and is now working with the Direct Selling Association (DSA) to gain accreditation and start recruiting people to run the parties.