Welcome back to another edition of Meet the Entrepreneurs, the series where I delve into the stories and personalities behind some brilliant outdoor brands. Hopefully you caught my last one with Finán from Campsited and today I have another fantastic interview lined up. This week’s is very special to me as I’m featuring a fantastic small business that I am actually going to be working with over the next few months. Once I found out I was pregnant, (and I’d dealt with all the boring stuff ,doctors, appointments, sorting work etc), I set about looking for some comfy outdoor clothes. This time around I started showing earlier than my first pregnancy (not to mention the fact I’m a size bigger to start with) and I knew that I was going to need some proper fitting maternity wear very soon. Luckily I remembered coming across the perfect solution!
I’ll let Samantha introduce herself…
I’m Samantha Jenkins, owner and founder of Mother & Nature, the UK’s first range of outdoor maternity wear. I started the company after being pregnant and looking for outdoor maternity wear, and not being able to find anything suitable to wear when I was still getting out in the Lake District while pregnant, so I decided to do something about it!
Have you always loved the outdoors?
Yes I’ve always loved the outdoors, from having a horse at an early age and always being at the stables, to then a few years later starting to enjoy getting out walking and camping in the Lake District.
Where did the idea come from? How did your business start?
When I was pregnant I still tried to have an active pregnancy, I carried on going walking, and as my bump started getting bigger and clothes didn’t fit. I started looking for a maternity waterproof jacket and maternity walking trousers, and was very shocked to discover they didn’t exist! I knew then I’d found a gap in the market, surely I wasn’t the