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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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New Cumbrian business is a picture of health

A BUSINESS born in the wake of the Cockermouth floods is proving to be a major success.

Jon Sharp and his partner Margieta Steventon, 56, of Greysouthen, previously ran a food shop in the town, called Margieta, but had been struggling.

“We were finding it difficult economically anyway,” Jon, 45, explained, “and when the other shops in the town centre were flooded, the landlord wanted to put another business in our premises temporarily.

“We moved out and it was even harder – some weeks we were only making £100.”

Jon had always planned on running a photography business, but the shop had taken up too much of his time.

As a member of various technical and photographic forums, he was aware of the craze for portable photo booths which was sweeping America.

Hosts hire out the booth for weddings, parties etc and guests not only get their own quirky keepsake, but the host gets a digital copy of all prints.

At the time, there were only about five companies promoting this business in the UK, and the majority were in the south.

“I didn’t think Mags wouldn’t be so sure,” Jon recalled, “especially after the floods and the resulting chaos, but I was wrong and she loved it.

“It was made simpler because we already had all the right photographic equipment and owned the appropriate software, so it was just a case of constructing a booth.”

In the three years since launching their business, the couple have taken their booths far and wide – finding they are most in demand for weddings in Scotland.

“We’ve had inquiries from all over the world,” Jon added.

“We have even been hired for the wedding of a New Zealand couple in Scotland.

“Setting up BoothPix was the best decision we’ve ever made.

“I just wish I’d thought of it sooner.”

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