Winter 2022

12 13 Aug22379 Best Family-Run Boutique Baby Clothing Company - East Midlands Established in 2018, Millie & Ralph started life as a small family-run business and has grown to become a leading online retailer of designer, Spanish, and traditional babywear. The business is run by Charlotte and Ben, parents to Millie, whom the company was named after, and believe it or not, her hamster, Ralph! Millie & Ralph is managed daily by Charlotte and Ben, with the support of a team of six. Charlotte is in charge of buying in all of the lovely items on the online store, from outfits and knitwear to sleepsuits and faux fur pom-pom hats, ensuring she keeps on top of stock and getting in new arrivals in time for seasonal changes. Millie & Ralph’s luxury brands include Pangasa, Caramelo Kids, Calamaro, Dandelion, and many more, and it also offers the most adorable unisex collection – so there’s something for everyone! Ben oversees all customer messages, with customer service being the company’s number one priority (as well as stocking beautiful babywear). Millie & Ralph wants to make sure that every customer has the perfect shopping experience from the very moment they visit the website right up until they are dressing their little one in their new outfits. In 2022, Millie & Ralph opened its first brick and mortar nursery store in Lincolnshire as an extension to the brand, selling pushchairs, car seats, nursery furniture, babywear, and accessories from leading brands such as iCandy, Egg, Cybex, Venicci, and many more. Customers can even book a 1.5-hour personal shopping appointment for a one-to-one experience with the store’s friendly advisors. Customers both online and to the Lincolnshire store can’t get enough of Millie & Ralph. One customer comments, “Highly recommended. Took two days for my order to arrive – Really quick! Bought for my friend’s daughter. The clothes you sell are gorgeous. Also very different from the ones you buy on the high street. Packed lovely and loved the little chocolate!” Another customer shares, “Gorgeous clothes and good customer service every time! Loved every item I’ve ordered, including the free gift of bibs I received with my last order.” Someone else says, “Ordered the white pom-pom set for our new-born as didn’t know the gender. It’s so cute and such good quality! Would definitely order again. Great value for money!” Company: Millie & Ralph Email: [email protected] Website: Aug22354 Passion, Pride, Perfection The Oxford Signet Ring Co, LTD (OSR) is an expert signet ring creator that is professional, driven, and impassioned with its craftmanship. It is a great honour to celebrate its success in defining and restoring a tradition that has been around for centuries. Here we talk to its Director, Alex Callaghan, as it wins the prestigious award of Best Family Crest & Signet Ring Specialists – South East England. Family business, with over 35 years of experience, The Oxford Signet Ring Co, LTD (OSR) is reviving an age-old tradition that seemed lost for a period of time. Breathing new life into the tradition, OSR works hard to light a fire within all of us with its fine creations. With OSR, we are reminded of where we’re from – and clients couldn’t be happier. Its enthusiasm and dedication to its work offers an avenue of luxury that is contained in a ring that can be passed down through generations. As a symbol of belonging, signet rings are stamped with family crests, initials, floral motifs, beasts, crowns, crosses, or other designs. This feeling of unity and belonging lasts many lifetimes within a family or friendship, and can be worn with immense pride. Staying away from laser-cut jewellery, OSR provides 100% hand engraved signet rings that reflect personality and excitement. This is no small feat and Alex believes that “sticking to the traditional methods has created us a niche within a niche.” Its acknowledgement is something that really drives the team even further, as they all take incredible pleasure in creating tailor-made slices of luxury. With an irreplaceable team of engravers and goldsmiths, OSR has become one of the best out there. Alex tells us more about the team. He says, “They understand the importance of creating a unique masterpiece for you and your generations to follow.” Establishing itself online around 10 years ago, OSR has become well-recognised throughout the UK as well as the world. Not only has OSR become known around the globe, but its has also worked along some of the finest names in the industry. By serving clients all over the world, OSR has constructed a reputation for excellence and pure desire to create statement pieces that elevate our perception of signet rings. As Alex shares, with regards to its craftmanship, “sticking to the traditional methods to make and engrave our jewellery means we are very different to the modern day jeweller.” With OSR, there is no competition – it has worked hard to get to where it is now and appreciates all of its clients. Its hand engraving methods have drawn many clients to OSR, and it shows no sign of slowing down as the demand for intricate, bespoke, and immaculate signet rings increases. OSR not only survived the pandemic, but it also thrived due to online shopping skyrocketing. It served an immense amount of clients that stumbled upon OSR when searching for something striking and impeccable in design. Then, through many word-of-mouth recommendations, OSR flourished even further. Its new and loyal clients go to OSR for all of their signet ring needs – whether that’s purchasing for themselves, or for a loved one. Working alongside a team of craftsmen that make perfect pieces of jewellery, Alex explains, “I work with self-employed craftsmen so they have more flexibility and freedom which I believe brings out the best in them.” His approach to the team encourages them to fly high and feel proud of their unique efforts. With exciting plans in the pipeline, OSR is delighted to receive such recognition for its pristine creations – and we are extremely happy to see it grow. Alex and the team at OSR are genuinely deserving of Best Family Crest & Signet Ring Specialists – South East England, and we are pleased to be able to showcase its work. Long may its success continue, for many generations to come. Contact: Alex Callaghan Company: The Oxford Signet Ring Co, LTD Web Address: