Starting small but thinking big: Success for local baby skincare company

Starting small but thinking big: Success for local baby skincare company


Luxury baby skincare company Coco Bébé has become the latest successful applicant for a Winchester City Council business start up grant.  Coco Bébé, which is based online at , has been allocated the funding to help the business progress.


Having carefully developed the skincare products and launched the website, the company has received the first part of a £1,000 grant, and will be eligible to request the second installment after six months.  The funding will help them market their range as well as launch new products.


Thea Planer, Director of Coco Bébé, said: “I am delighted to have received this start up grant; it will certainly aid the company’s success and growth into new product areas such as baby shampoo and travel products. I would like to thank Winchester City Council and Business Link for their support.”


The City Council has allocated funds for start up grants as part of its recession-busting activities for the whole district.  It is keen to encourage entrepreneurship to sustain a healthy and diverse local economy during the current economic downturn.


Cllr George Beckett, Leader of Winchester City Council, said: “It is a pleasure to hear that the start up business grant has been awarded to such a worthy candidate from our retail community, and I look forward to following its future success.  We are hoping to fund more new businesses under this grant scheme, and continue to encourage new applicants.”


Business Link’s Deborah Wyatt added: “We are delighted to be working with Winchester City Council to help local entrepreneurs. Our Business Link Advisers will help applicants with business plans and ensure that they have a viable enterprise to present to the Council for a start up grant.”


To apply for a business start up grant, contact Business Link on 0845 600 9 006 or email


To find out more about Winchester City Council grant schemes, contact Kate Crawford on or 01962 848 563.