Prams with Pizazz
Scott Frew (dad-of-five) and wife Carolyn set up their coach restoring business, named Prams with Pizazz, after rebuilding a pram bought on Gumtree. They completely rebuild old prams, some of which have not been used for decades.
Today, orders for their refurbished prams, which can cost upwards of £1,500, are going global. Their bespoke prams including requests for Swarovski crystals, vibrant colours and more classic finishes.
Prams with Pizazz in Ayr was in the news for seeing spike in sales of vintage prams after Princess Charlotte’s christening, as everyone wanted a pram like Princess Charlotte’s.
So from where do they get their spare parts from?
“Wheels are imported from Germany, Holland and France and can cost up to £330 for four,” says Scott.
Carolyn, who was an aeronautical engineer with British Aerospace before she had children, started “pimping” her prams three years ago. She has received a big thumbs-up from Sir Tom Hunter who has accepted her onto his Entrepreneurial Spark business accelerator programme.
Her business, Prams With Pizazz, has been such a success that Carolyn’s husband Scott has taken over ‘mum’ duties to allow her to focus on the business full-time.
Carolyn, who spent hours, looking for a coach-built pram (for her youngest daughter) on the internet without any success, finally decided to create one herself. Carolyn paid £30 on Gumtree for a pram that required TLC and, armed with her toolkit, unknowingly launched a new career. “I got my spanners out, stripped it down, made the hood and apron, re-sprayed it, sorted the wheels and put it all back together.
And after absolutley stunning now pic.twitter.com/GoUmRYDbgo
— Prams With Pizazz (@Pramswithpizazz) May 25, 2014
Coach-built prams have been in use since the 1750s, but really came into favour in the 1870s with the birth of Silver Cross. Carolyn was recently invited to visit the Silver Cross factory in Yorkshire to see how they’re made.
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