Idea to win date sparks new venture
A project which started off as a ploy to get a date has developed into a thriving business.
Three years ago gas heating engineer Ben O'Sullivan agreed to make a radiator cover for his friend, Laura, after she had moved house.
The good deed led to a date and then to marriage, and the couple, who have a one-year-old son Max, have seen their fledgling Timsbury-based business flourish alongside their romance.
Mr O'Sullivan said: "I offered to cover her radiator that she didn't particularly like. I had no idea how to make radiator covers so I put myself under a bit of pressure.
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"We started to date and gradually over time neighbours who had been into the house liked the cover and I ended up doing some for them."
Before the couple's son was born last year, Mrs O'Sullivan wanted to decorate the nursery and it dawned on the pair that there was no company that produced radiator covers for a nursery. Now Totally Rad is producing 12 designs.