Stall at Art in the Park grows into operation supplying leading companies
What started as a hobby and a bonding session for a father and daughter has led to the success of a leading awards, badges and corporate gifts business.
Father and daughter Monty, 70, and Sharon Uren, 34, have made their mark in Nelson Mandela Bay and are known as the go-to people for awards and badges.
Monty – a well-known figure around town as the mayor’s chauffeur for 27 years before retiring in December 2011 – said he started the business part-time in 1991.
He used cut-offs from plastics and metal to make key rings and key holders, which he sold at Art in the Park.
Fast forward 25 years and the Badges and Trophy Guy is a leading name in the awards design and manufacturing sector.
Sharon’s interest was sparked when she was just seven and accompanied her father to the park. She said the move was a “no brainer” for her.
“I was always into arts, crafts and design as early as in high school, so joining the business came naturally,” Sharon said.
Her duties include designing the products while Monty deals with operations, running the business and making the crafted wooden bases for the trophies.
Monty’s wife, Karen, makes sure the books and administration are up to date.
If their client list is anything to go by, the Badges and Trophy Guy has definitely made a name for itself.
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