Member Stories: MV Roberts & Co

August 9th 2018

MV Roberts import hair care products and sell to national supply chains and wholesalers such as Superdrug and Morrisons.Phil moved in to the centre with us March 2018, and is currently in a 2/3 person office. He has been explaining a little bit more about his business to us, and where he is looking to be in 12 months time.

How did your company start?
I was originally working as a consult for a US based haircare manufacturer.  They were looking for someone to provide a certain set of skills and were struggling to find someone.  I decided that there was a gap in the market here, and decided to take it upon myself.  That was back in November 2016, and I haven’t looked back!

What are you working on at the moment?
We are currently speaking with both Tesco and Boots; we are looking to work with them in the future. We first contacted them last year, however they only change their stores layout twice a year, so timing has been super important.

What do you like about Bicester Innovation Centre?
The centre is super convenient for location, great for when I have clients coming to meet with me. The fact that someone answers my phones for me and deals with my post gives a real professional impression, and saves me from having to hire a reception/admin.  I also like knowing that the conference room is available to me if I need it.

What projects/ambitions do you have for the future of your company?
We are looking at moving in to different hair products such as electricals.  Just this week we have placed our first order for products produced in the UK, which are under licence from America.  These are then for resale in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

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