Country Smallholding - - A Smallholder’s World -

NOR­WICH-BASED Sarah Brookes ( left), who runs Yellow Chicken House, which cre­ates an ar­ray of quirky chicken-themed greet­ing cards and gifts, has been recog­nised by Bri­tish busi­ness­woman Jac­que­line Gold CBE for her suc­cess as a fe­male en­tre­pre­neur and awarded a pres­ti­gious #WOW badge. Sarah was one of three win­ners se­lected by Jac­que­line af­ter she en­tered ‘Women on Wed­nes­day’, a com­pe­ti­tion launched in 2011 to cel­e­brate the grow­ing num­ber of UK fe­male en­trepreneurs and busi­ness­women. Sarah said: “I be­gan keep­ing chick­ens in 2013 and their en­ter­tain­ing an­tics sparked my artis­tic cre­ativ­ity. I draw an­i­mals as I see them — with unique per­son­al­i­ties — then print them onto greet­ings cards and gifts for other an­i­mal-lovers to en­joy. Chick­ens are my niche and hap­pen to be the UK’s sixth most pop­u­lar pet. My hand­printed gifts in­clude mugs, coast­ers and bags which I make in my home stu­dio in Nor­wich. I love com­ing up with un­usual and fun de­signs that my cus­tomers will en­joy. I’m also a vol­un­teer for the Bri­tish Hen Wel­fare Trust so I’m never short of inspiration for my next de­sign.” Jac­que­line Gold said: “Sarah’s de­signs cap­ture the per­son­al­ity and amus­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics of her artis­tic sub­jects and her pas­sion for the coun­try­side bursts through in all her prod­ucts.”

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