We all have days where we want to throw a stapler at a co-worker right? Or stick a '' You're a Tit" post-it on the back of a colleagues chair!?
But what if your co-worker was your mum?
There are so many famous mum and daughter teams, Marie Curie and her daughter, Irene Joliot-Curie, The Pankhursts' to name a few. But what is it really like working day in and day out with your mum.
With less than 2 weeks to go until Mother's Day - we talk to Becky and Mandy, mum and daughter team behind their brand new social enterprise UMA Knits and find out how they make it work as not just colleague but Business Partners. Brave ladies.
Tell us about your business.
We are UMA Knits, a social enterprise selling gorgeous knitting kits to fund projects to spread the therapeutic benefits of knitting. Projects include providing knitting materials to chemotherapy patients to running workshops for women who have experienced domestic abuse.
What made you decide to go into business together?
We are really close, and we’ve always spoken about going into business together, when I had my second child and was on maternity leave it felt like the perfect opportunity.
What kind of relationship would you say you had?
We have always been extra close, we can be honest with each other and tell each other when we don’t like something. Mum thinks she’s the boss which can be quite annoying!
What makes it easy working as a mother & daughter team?
Our ideas and our ideals are the same. We often will both come up with the same idea. We both get excited and have fun with the business. Because we are both so passionate about our aims we both put an equal amount of work and effort in! Because we’ve both suffered with mental health illness in the past we both make sure to take care of one another. We run a Knit to Quit Facebook group and people are always posting comments about how close we look.
What makes it hard working together?
All we ever talk about is the business! Sometimes it feels like we’re never just Mum and daughter anymore. We try and have one night a month where we go out and switch off but inevitably end up talking about UMA Knits.
Do you feel you're always honest to each other?
Yes definitely...Mum is too honest sometimes and can be very blunt! Mum says I can be very stroppy if things don’t go my own way.
Do you have defined roles within the business?
We are Equal Partners but we do have clear roles - Mum is the creative and I do the marketing and operational side of things.
Would you change anything?
We have put in place regular meetings now we switch into our UMA Knits roles not Mum and daughter and we should have done this from the start
Who do you moan about your co-worker too!?
You can read more about Becky & Mandy and their social enterprise over on their Facebook Page : UMA Knits