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A successful Haverhill business owner operating from her photography studio now has a very familiar neighbour after her mum opened a new shop.

Sasha Robinson, 24, owns Sasha’s Studios, which specialises in new-born and family portraits from its base at the MENTA Haverhill business centre.

Now Sasha’s mum, Lesley, 50, has opened her own business, The Baby & Hamper House, right next door.

Mother and daughter Sasha and Lesley Robinson outside their businesses, which are next to each other at the Menta Business Centre in Haverhill, Submitted picture
Mother and daughter Sasha and Lesley Robinson outside their businesses, which are next to each other at the Menta Business Centre in Haverhill, Submitted picture

Sasha said: “The Baby & Hamper House offers beautiful baby hampers, baby clothing, gifts, and personalised baby clothing and toys.

“My mum has always wanted to open a business of her own, and when we sat down together to discuss and plan what kind of business she could open.

"I said straight away that baby clothing would prove popular, and it has.

Inside Sasha's Studios. Submitted picture
Inside Sasha's Studios. Submitted picture

“It’s so amazing working next-door to my mum every day, she really is my best friend and having her right next door to me for a cup of coffee and a chat throughout the day is so special.”

Sasha has been trading for more than seven years and operating from her Hollands Road studio for the past three.

She said: “I feel I genuinely have the best job in the world, when I’m having cuddles and working with beautiful five-day-old babies I can’t quite believe that this is my job.

“My business started out in a shed at the bottom of the garden, and moved to a very small kitchen, whilst I studied photography at college, so having my beautiful studio to work from every day now is literally something I could have only dreamt of as a little girl.”

The Baby & Hamper House sells baby hampers, baby clothing, gifts, and personalised baby clothing and toys. Picture: Submitted
The Baby & Hamper House sells baby hampers, baby clothing, gifts, and personalised baby clothing and toys. Picture: Submitted

Lesley, who has two other daughters, Abbie, 21 and Mia, 18, and is a familiar face to many through her other job on the customer service desk at Tesco in Haverhill, said: "It's lovely working right next door to my eldest daughter.

"We're both pretty busy most of the time but make time for a catch up cuppa or a naughty slice of cake from the bakery out the front together as often as we can.

The Menta business centre in Hollands Road, Haverhill. Submitted picture
The Menta business centre in Hollands Road, Haverhill. Submitted picture

"I'm immensely proud of Sasha's Studio's and the business she's built up and now all my daughters have turned 18 it leaves a little bit more time for myself and to think about where I'd like my future to go.

"I've always wanted to be my own boss and now the time feels right to grab this opportunity with both hands.

"The support from the community of Haverhill has so far been absolutely amazing and I'm very grateful for their continued support."

The MENTA centre recently underwent several expansion and improvements works, which has opened more serviced business space for growing entrepreneurs.

Paul Vella, the MENTA business centre manager, said: “The businesses complement one another very well and we are thrilled to welcome their clients to the business centre, our ongoing improvement and growth plans include more on-site business experts to help our community of SMEs (small and medium enterprises).

"We have been able to deliver grants from West Suffolk Council, marketing plans and business finance support and with our new on-site bakery and café, there is a true buzz to the corridors here.”

MENTA delivers on-site business support and Mr Vella added: “We have a growing and diverse business community here and Sasha’s Studio is often like travelling into a mystery world as her sets for the pictures are truly magnificent.”