Welcome back to our small business spotlight series! We recently started this series to give small business owners the recognition they deserve, we at Lumos wanted to share with you some of our favourite small businesses that we think are doing and achieving great things! Lumos was started with small business focus in mind, we are passionate about helping small businesses grow and help them to achieve the recognition they deserve. We have learnt so much from the small businesses that we have worked with and through small business spotlight, we want to share some of those learnings with other small business owners to help inspire others to innovate within their own space and learn from others who are on the same journey.
This week, we are joined by the incredible Raima Butt from Islamic Party Store. Raima bravely started her business at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and it has been incredible watching it grow. Islamic Party Store is a business which sells a range of party and celebration decor for Islamic holidays such as Eid and Ramadan. It is clear to see Raima is extremely passionate about her business which is something that we love to see. You can tell she has put her heart, soul and passions into running this business and making it successful. Let’s take a look at what Raima has to say about her business and her journey so far:
Raima Butt (Founder)
Your Business Name:
Islamic Party Store
Social Media Links:
Brief Introduction To Your Business:
Islamic party store is an online party store catering for Islamic celebrations such as Eid and Ramadan. It was founded in 2020 during coronavirus lockdowns and was officially registered as a limited company in May 2021. Since then it has been constantly growing and new ideas brought to life.
Promote Your Products/ Services:
We sell all sorts of party decorations such as balloons, banners, cake toppers, tableware and more, all personalised for Eid. Our product range is constantly growing and increasing. We also cater for other celebrations such as baby gender reveals, baby showers, birthdays, weddings and more.
What Inspired You To Start Your Own Business?
From a very young age I have been interested in business and selling and was even selling on eBay by the age of 12.
What Makes Your Business Standout From Other Similar Businesses?
There are not many other business that are dedicated to selling a range of Eid and Ramadan party decorations. My business stands out because it does both. It caters for Islamic celebrations as well as everyday celebrations.
What Has Been Your Biggest Success To Date?
Gaining loyal customers who return as well as registering as a Limited Company.
What Is Your Advice For Someone Who Wants To Start Their Own Business?
Just go for it, even if you have no idea what you are doing, you will figure it out along the way.
What Is It That Keeps Your Customers Coming Back?
The desire for my products.
What Are Your Plans For The Future Of Your Business?
Too many to count, here are a few:
– Move into a warehouse
– Buy industrial helium tanks
– Sell helium filled balloons for customers to pick up from warehouse
– Offer balloon personalisation services
– Offer party set up services
What Was The Biggest Risk That You Have Taken For Your Business?
So far the biggest risk as been starting it and investing money into it.
Tell Us Something Interesting/ Fun About Your Business?
My business has 3 logos, couldn’t decide which on to keep so I use them all.
What Is The Most Popular Product/ Service You Sell?
The most popular items are Eid Mubarak Confetti Balloons.
What Product/ Service Would You Recommend To First Time Customers?
I would recommend going for a balloon arch kit which includes all the tools needed to set up a beautiful balloon arch: