Caroline Bateson is a student studying musical theatre and rather than getting into huge amounts of debt, she's thought of a creative way to make some cash.
Her dad, Gerry Bateson, is an avid photographer who purchased a beanbag off ebay but when it arrived, he wasn't very happy with it.
“He wasn't impressed with the quality and thought he could do a much better job by-hand,” explained Caroline.
So together, with a bit of trial and error, Caroline and her dad created a bean bag.
“That's where it started really. We made one and it didn't take too long so I decided it wouldn't be too hard to make some more. So we did and now they're selling really well.”
To date, Caroline's sold around 500 bean bags to very satisfied and happy customers. Since the bags have been introduced, there has been interest from many parts of the world. They have been used in Antarctica, on safari in Africa and travelled with a photographer from France to China on an epic motor cycle trip. She makes custom bean bags to order and offers a variety of colours and sizes. The standard bag, is the most common, there's also a compact lady's handbag version and a plus model suited for the pro photographers. But with her studying in London is all the hard work left down to her Dad?
“Well he does a bit but when I go home every couple of weeks I create my fair share!”