A few years ago, Emily Deane was being bullied at school. So her mother Julie decided to do something about it.
Julie went and found a nearby school that promised a happier environment for her daughter. She wanted her son, Max, to go as well. But it was a private school — and Julie didn’t have the money to send them there.
In 2008, Julie Deane started The Cambridge Satchel Company in the UK to earn the money she needed. She was in her early 40s and had no business experience. But she did have the unwavering support of her mother, Freda — and apparently a very good business idea. Today, the company’s bags are in hundreds of stores. It has 70 employees and ships its products all over the world.
Here’s a video about Cambridge Satchel’s story.