Earby mumtrepreneur’s ‘Chops Mops’ prove a revelation

Gemma Allen with her 'Chops Mops' that she has created.
Gemma Allen with her 'Chops Mops' that she has created.

An Earby mumtrepreneur is hoping to have spotted a gap in the market with the successful launch of a patented product.

The idea came from a wedding that the Allens attended while Gemma was on maternity leave. She wanted something smart to stop the spills ruining her one-year-old son Jack’s outfit.

Gemma handmade the cotton fronted and absorbent polyester backed prototype product and it did the trick. Since then, she has patented its contrasting collar and front design and the cinched neck fastening.

As well as groovy colours for kids, Gemma explains that she can make the affordable, machine washable bibs in three sizes and for other ages, for example to match school uniform colours for older children with special needs or in tasteful patterns for the elderly.

The self-funded business is a far cry from Gemma’s usual day job of underwriting mortgages at Skipton Building Society, but she is hoping the start-up with the strapline “Made in England by a Yorkshire lass” can continue to grow.

Gemma said: “I always wanted to have my own business but I had never found out what I wanted to do.

“It’s all been self-funded. I had an obsession with baby change bags when I first had Jack so I have sold those to fund it. I have had some business guidance from Enterprise too.

“I had 120 sales in the first month, and have had over 200 in the last 11 weeks. It’s been phenomenal, really really fantastic.

“People are saying it’s better than anything out there on the market. The feedback has been good and I’m already getting repeat business. I’m really proud of it.”

For further information and prices, visit www.facebook.com/chopsmops or email chopsmops@gmail.com