Time to meet the lady at the helm of Cherry Orchard!
Soon approaching 27 years since starting the business there is certainly a lot to celebrate, but it has been no easy ride and has definitely been a rollercoaster journey... especially with the most recent testing times from the pandemic.
Jackie's hard work and dedication along with the ability to evolve to changing consumer habits and trends saw Cherry Orchard Online join the team in 2020. Some of our early customers can vouch that the website has come on leaps and bounds since it first started, but what we really love seeing is how many of you return to us for all your greeting card needs!
Jackie working alongside the Cherry Orchard family has become a leading greeting card publisher and over the years at the helm she has definitely seen the fashions in greeting card designs change (we have had such fun looking back at old photos of the early days and let's not mention the changes of clothes fashion and haircuts over the years!)
So, let's get to know our favourite lady Jackie the founder of Cherry Orchard with a quick-fire Q & A session!
What was the last thing you ate?
My mum’s amazing apple crumble with lashings of cream.
Idea of a perfect holiday?
Round the world on two wheels.
(Jackie on a recent trip on her bike to Elan dams in Wale)
If you could have a super power what would you want it to be?
Can I just have a photographic memory please! 😊
What did you want to be when you grew up?
What is your go-to karaoke anthem?
duh –I will Survive 😉
I'm partial to a good G & T but also love a glass of fizz!
Now for some serious questions......
What made you choose to start a company in this industry?
My ex and I thought we’d take a shot at it after working for a large greeting card publisher
How did you come up with the name for your company?
Oh how I wish it was more romantic but we saw it on a road sign 😂
(The original Cherry Orchard Publishing logo 27 years ago!)
Does your business support any local community initiatives?
We support Wellchild, a local but national charity supporting long term sick children providing them with nurses and garden makeovers.
What are your company's goals?
Post a global pandemic is rather different to pre !
What piece of advice would you share with your younger self first starting off in business?
Always try to Lead, don’t follow !
Can you choose 3 cards from the portfolio that you have recently sent to someone?
Mum Birthday card from the Grace range (EL016) to my Beautiful 82 year old Mum