Prime Minister David Cameron has praised a Honington entrepreneur who got her business off the ground using a Government-funded scheme.
Eighteen months ago, Keri Bird received a start-up loan to kickstart Birds Baby Boutique, a pregnant belly and 3D baby casting service.
Having agreed to showcase her business and talk about how it has developed since getting the loan, Keri was asked to meet a Government minister in Norwich last week - she had no idea who would turn up.
She said: “They were very secretive about the location and wouldn’t tell me who it was. There were police cars outside so I had my suspicions but I thought it would be someone reasonably important, not actually the Prime Minister!
“When I arrived they said it was going to be him so obviously I went into complete meltdown - it was just a bit of a shock really.”
Keri spoke with the PM about her success in having already created two franchises.
“It was amazing to meet him. He asked if I’m going to go nationwide with this and I said that was the plan, to continue with my franchises and develop further,” she said.
The 27-year-old’s adult casting business, Birds Body Casting, is also making waves this month for working with TV presenter and 1Xtra DJ Claira Hermet ahead of her preventative double mastectomy.
Keri said: “She was just as I expected, very strong and positive minded. She just sees it as a positive step in her life to prevent something terrible from happening.”