Setting up a company was child’s play for Vikki

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A mum-of-two who was looking for fun activities for her children has set up her own portable soft play business aimed at rural areas.

Vikki MacDonald, from Easdale, was on maternity leave with her youngest daughter when she came up with the idea for Rosie Cheeks, a soft play and bouncy castle hire business.

Rosie Cheeks now has an extensive range of equipment perfect for children’s birthday parties or community events, with Vikki now working with Business Gateway Argyll and Bute to look at ways to grow the company.

Vikki said: ‘There is a lack of services on offer for youngsters in rural areas and we saw how much fun our children, Dylan and Rosie, had at a soft play centre while we were on a family holiday.

‘This gave me the idea of setting up a portable soft play area which we can take to villages so the children can have fun without having to travel to bigger cities or towns.

‘The response so far has been very positive. We have invested a lot of time, money and resources into setting up Rosie Cheeks, so it’s fantastic to get feedback and read the positive reviews left on our Facebook page.’

Rosie Cheeks was launched in August last year and Vikki, who previously worked as a stock controller for Tesco in Oban, is now investing in steadily increasing her fleet of apparatus, most recently buying an inflatable slide to add to her range.

She added: ‘I plan to invest where possible and grow the company to cater for a broader clientele.

‘At the moment, we provide equipment that is suitable for children up to six years old, while our bouncy castles are aimed at toddlers up to teenagers, but we can expand on this yet.

‘As the business grows, I’ll work closely with my Business Gateway adviser to ensure that the steps I take are the right ones and will benefit Rosie Cheeks the most.’

Donald Melville, an adviser with Business Gateway Argyll and Bute, added: ‘Using her own experience as a mother in a rural area, Vikki has successfully launched a business to plug a gap and offer something different for children in Oban and surrounding areas.

‘We will continue to offer support to Vikki as she focuses on growing the business.’

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