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Kate Tompsett set up colourful, creative gift store, Happy and Glorious in 2012 – the year of the Queen’s Jubilee and the London Olympics. With previous experience in the retail and marketing industry, Kate was confident that she had the skills and experience necessary to open her own business to channel the positivity of the time.

“There was a real surge of celebration and happiness in the air, so I felt there was no better opportunity to celebrate what Britain had to offer,” she explains.

“I was inspired by Mary Portas and her challenge to re-ignite British manufacturing, so I was passionate about stocking locally created products. I have my own range of gifts in the shop, as well as items sourced from talented artists all over the UK. These items are carefully handpicked by me as I am passionate about selling products that I believe in.”

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