This week we are chatting to the very inspiring ALLA, mum of two (to Zac aged 10 and Savanna 6 months), entrepreneur and co-founder of Two Chicks. Alla and her friend Anna Richey spotted a gap in the market and hatched up a plan to introduce the first liquid egg white to the UK back in 2007. They had no experience in food or business but they had the passion and drive to kick-start their business and quickly developed a very loyal following - with fans including Nigella Lawson and the Meringue Girls. Two Chicks is now available in more than 2,000 outlets across the country (including Waitrose, Sainsbury’s,Tesco and Ocado) and exports to countries including France, Holland, UAE and Hong Kong. We find out more about their inspiring story and get Alla’s top tips below…
What time did you wake up this morning?
What was your very first thought of the day?
What time is it?
What are your 3 essentials for getting up, out and at 'em?
No 1 – make sure kids are ok, make them breakfast. For me – lemon water followed by strong coffee!
Describe a typical working morning?
Get one kid off school, one off to the nanny. Start on the long and ever changing to do list. No day is the same. If I'm not too busy, I'll make and photograph my breakfast for Instagram!
Why did you decide to set up your business?
My business partner found a gap in the market and I thought it was a great idea. We have very different skills sets which has been great for us working together.
What's the best part of your job?
Being my own boss, working with my best friend, often getting to travel the world for meetings and new opportunities.
#1 tip for juggling work and family life?
Be prepared to work all hours! Especially at the end of the day when the kids are asleep. This is also a good way to set yourself up for the next day.
The happiest moment in your day?
Seeing the kids smile and hearing good work related news!
The hardest moment in your day?
Feeling like I need to be in many places at once!
Most overused phrase of the day?
Once the kids are in bed I...
Check if there is any work that needs doing, and do it. If not, have a glass of wine and watch something on tv!
Top 3 local gems?
Golders Hill Park, BMF Hampstead Heath, Metro Golf Centre
Best piece of advice for fellow Mum's...
Enjoy as much time as you can with your children, they grow up so fast and get to that stage where they'd rather hang out with their friends!