There’s a lot of pressure on new startups to produce a universally in-demand, world-changing product, but sometimes the best business ideas are those that make a big difference to one small market!
Here at Daltonsbusiness.com, we scoured locally, the British Isles, for some of the most unusual small businesses in operation, and compiled a list of businesses which we feel deserve a shout out.
These businesses aren’t necessarily household names, but they’re well known to their specific small group of customers. We’ve create this short list to get you thinking outside of the box – it isn’t necessarily your common, run of the mill businesses that may be the right fit for YOU. We’re big on following your passion to see where it takes you, the players below have followed theirs.
Ivory Graphics, Cambridgeshire: Personalised Playing Cards
This long-established business in Cambridgeshire is a custom printer with a difference: it specialises in the printing of custom playing cards.
Rather than focusing on more traditional custom print offerings such as business cards, clothing and greetings cards, this business offers its customers the opportunity to create their own poker sets, tarot cards and trump cards. Over the past 20 years, this business has grown in its niche and now supplies its products to some of the UK’s biggest blue chip companies.
House of Marbles, Devon: Marble Museum and Glassworks
A short distance from the Dartmoor National Park, this glassworks business has, over the past 3 decades, developed a very specific offering unlike anything else in the UK.
Originally set up as a bolt-on to a glass manufacturer, the House of Marbles Marble Museum in Devon, South West England holds a globally-renowned collection of marble runs (including the UK’s largest) and a games garden with a giant floating marble.
At first glance, a business dedicated to marbles might not sound like a very lucrative idea, but the museum has over the years remained dedicated to its niche, and has put a lot of energy into continually improving its offering. Today, it is one of south west England’s most popular tourist attractions.